Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Making Lasagna with #Ragu4You

I recently got a #ComfortVox box in the mail from It was full of awesome free samples and coupons. One of those coupons was a for a free jar of Ragu. Today I am going to share my recipe for lasagna that we made with Ragu. I made 2 pans full of lasagna, one for us and one for my neighbor. She recently had a baby and that makes her #5 so I thought I would help her make dinner one night for the family.

I grew up with my grandmother and everyone I knew using Ragu. It was years before I knew it wasn't the only pasta sauce out there (lol), When I got married I continued to use Ragu. Then I stopped making pasta for a long time because my ex hated any form of pasta and it just was a big hassle to deal with making something he hated. When we separated I think I made lasagna 3 times a week for 6 months :).

This is my daughter redeeming our free coupon for Ragu :)

I am sure everyone knows how to make lasagna but here is my quick and simple recipe. Warning, it is very cheesy so if you aren't a cheese fan you will have to make changes.

1 box of lasagna noodles. (it usually takes around 9 long noodles for each pan) I used oven ready
16 oz of cottage cheese ( we only like Kroger brand for some reason)
8 oz of finely shredded mozzarella cheese

1 jar of your favorite flavor Ragu
14 oz can of petite diced cut tomatoes
1/2 lb of hamburger meat

I brown the hamburger and drain the grease off of it. Then I add a jar of Ragu and a can of petite cut diced tomatoes. (everyone always things I have made from scratch my sauce because of the added tomatoes) Let it cook for about 15 minutes to get all the flavors mixed.

I always mix my cheeses, so in a medium bowl combine the cottage cheese and the mozzarella cheese.  Even though my noodles were oven ready I like to give them a quick dip in bowling water just to soften them. I get the water boiling, dip the noodles for about a minute or so then put in the pan.
I put a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking pan. I never measure but its probably about a cup of sauce then I add 3 noodles side by side, Layer 1/2 the cheese mix on top of the noodles,  Put a layer of sauce, Top that with 3 more noodles, then put the rest of the cheese for another layer of cheese and then 3 more noodles. Then I put another cup or some of sauce on the top. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees. About 10 minutes before its done I like to sprinkle a handful of mozzarella cheese over top the sauce to brown.  When you first take it out of the oven it will be very runny because of the melted cheese. We let it sit about 20 minutes before cutting to keep it from being so runny.

This was so good, that we almost licked the pan. Apparently it has been too long since I made lasagna because usually we have leftovers to eat the next day but we ate the whole pan in one evening.  I also make stuffed shells just the same way only instead of layering the noodles, I stuff the shells with the cheese mix and put sauce of them. My daughter thinks it taste better as stuffed shells. I tell her its exactly the same but she still swears by stuffed noodles. I really want to say thanks to Influenster and  #Ragu4You for the free sauce.

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Tons of freebies on your birthday

Some of you may be unaware that a lot of places will give you various rewards on your birthday. One of the many groups I am on posted several lists of places so I thought I would share it with you.

ACE Hardware - Sign up for ACE Rewards and get a $5 off coupon on your birthday. 
American Eagle Outfitters - Sign up for AERewards and get 15% off during your birthday month.   
Applebees - FREE Dessert 
Arbys - Free Shake with Purchase for Birthday (plus other coupons throughout year)  
Auntie Anne’s – FREE Pretzel 
Aveda - Become a member of and get a free gift every year on your birthday
A&W - Free Root Bear Float for your birthday! 
Bagger Daves - Sign up for their Fresh Rewards program and earn loyalty points for each visit plus Birthday and Anniversary freebies and more (Locations in MI, IN, MO)!  
Bar Louie - Join Louie's Crew for special offers throughout the year and a FREE Dessert for Bday!   
Barnes & Noble - Kids get FREE Cupcake or Cookie for Bday  
Baskin Robbins - Free Scoop of Ice Cream
Bavarian Inn (Frankenmuth, MI) - Join their free perks club and get a FREE Chicken dinner for your birthday.
bd's Mongolian BBQ -Free Unlimited Meal with purchase of any one bowl
Benihana's Japanese Restaurant - Adults get a $30 Restaurant Certificate and kids get a postcard in the mail for a free souvenir mug with meal purchase.
Ben and Jerry’s – FREE Ice Cream Treat and Coupon for Ice Cream Cake
Bennigan's - Become a Bennigan's eClub member and receive a free dessert and BOGO entrĂ©e on your birthday.  
Big Boys - Free Ice Cream Sundae for birthday (sign up for their kid's club too)  
Biggby Coffee - Free Coffee 
Bob Evans - FREE Kid's Birthday Meal for your child when you sign up for the kids club 
Bonefish Grill - Join the Insiders Club for a Free Appetizer or Dessert for your birthday 
Boston's Restaurant & Sports Bar - Free Offer for your Birthday and upon signing up
Bruegger's Bagels - Free Bagel and Cream Cheese for your birthday 
Buca di Beppo - Register for their eClub updates and receive a free brownie on your birthday and a free dessert on your anniversary.
Buffalo Wild Wings - Free Wings (in the past it was free dessert)
Build-A-Bear - $5 off Coupon for Child's Bday  
Burger King – FREE Kid’s Meal on your child’s Birthday when you sign up for Club BK 
California Pizza Kitchen - Adults - free small plate for signing up and birthday freebie! PLUS, sign your children (10 and under) up for the CPKids Birthday Club and they'll receive a free meal during their birthday month
Caribou Coffee - Free Coffee Drink  
Carino's - $5 off coupon for signing up plus Free Birthday dessert and anniversary coupons too.  
Carrabba’s - B1G1 FREE Entree
Carvel - Sign up for their Fudgie Fanatics club for a free birthday treat plus other BOGO offers. 
Champps Americana - Free Burger or Appetizer just for signing up and FREE Dessert for your birthday 
Cheesecake Factory - Free Mini Hot Fudge Sundae for your birthday
Chili’s – Welcome Coupon, Birthday Coupon and more 
Chuck E. Cheese's - Join their email club and receive special offers and freebies for your child's birthday 
Cinemark Movie Theaters - Coupons weekly for free items and a FREE Popcorn for birthday 
Cinnabon - Free Drink for Bday (plus free Cinnabon upon signup and other offers)  
Cold Stone Creamery - BOGO Free Creation for Bday 
Cracker Barrel - Free Dessert for your birthday  
CVS - $3 ECB 
Dairy Queen - BOGO Free Blizzard upon sign up plus birthday & anniversary freebies
Dave & Busters - Free $10 game play coupon for signing up and a $5 game play coupon for your birthday  
Denny's - Free Grand Slam Breakfast 
Dickey's Barbeque Pit - Free Cup for signing up and a FREE Big Barbeque Sandwich for your birthday 
Dippin' Dots - Free Ice Cream for your birthday! 
Disney Movie Rewards - 100 Bonus Points 
Don Pablo's - $10 Birthday Bonus, $10 Bonus on 9th Visit PLUS FREE Dip Sampler for signing up! 
DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse) - $5 Certificate for your birthday   
Dunkin' Donuts - Free Medium Beverage for Birthday and other freebies during the year 
Einstein Bros Bagels – FREE Breakfast Sandwich for your birthday with drink purchase 
Famous Dave's - Free Kids Bday Meal on their bday & BOGO 50% off Entree for Adult Bday  
Firehouse Subs - Show up with a valid I.D. on your birthday and receive a free medium sub  
Freakin' Unbelievable Burger (MI) - FREE Burger on Birthday plus Free Offer for signing up. 
Friendly's - Join their BFF Club and get a free three-scoop sundae just for enrolling, as well as free birthday offers for your entire family.  
Fuddruckers - Join the Fudd's Club and get a free treat on your birthday.  
Godiva Chocolatiers - Free piece of chocolate every month, plus free birthday offer and more throughout the year. 
Honey Baked Ham - Free Ham Classic Sandwich upon sign up and FREE Ham Classic Sandwich for your birthday. 
Hooters - Sign up for their eclub and get 10 FREE Wings for your birthday  
IHOP - Free meal upon sign up, on your birthday and on your anniversary of signing up
Joe's Crab Shack - Free Birthday Surprise plus tons of coupons throughout the year including a 1/2 birthday coupon!
Johnny Carino's - $5 off coupon for signing up plus Free Birthday dessert and anniversary coupons too. 
Johnny Rocket's - Join the Johnny Rocket eClub and receive a free hamburger on your birthday.  
KMART - $5.o0 to spend for kids birthdays - Sign up for the Birthday Club! 
Krispy Kreme - Join the Friends of Krispy Kreme eClub and get a free doughnut and coffee on your birthday.  
Lane Bryant/Catherine's - 20% Off Coupon for Birthday  
Logan's Roadhouse - Free Nutterbutter Fudgeslide Dessert  
Lonestar - Free Birthday Surprise 
Macaroni Grill - Free Dessert for Bday 
Medieval Times - Free Admission on your birthday  
Melting Pot - Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries for Bday and Anniversary  
Moe's Southwest Grill - Join their eClub and receive a free gift on your birthday.
NCG Movie Theaters - FREE Popcorn for signing up and on birthday (plus other offers throughout year)
Noodles & Co. - Sign up for their Noodlegram and get FREE Bowl (up to $9) for your bday  
Old Country Buffet -  Kids 11 and under get a FREE Meal for Bday & BOGO Free Buffet meal for Adult Bday
Old Navy - $10 off $50 Purchase Coupon for Kids AND Adult Birthdays
Olga's Kitchen - Free appetizer upon sign up and FREE Dessert for your birthday 
Olive Garden - NEW** Free Appetizer or Dessert 
On the Border Mexican Grill - Free birthday appetizer or dessert plus other perks throughout the year 
Outback Steakhouse - Join their rewards program and receive a free dessert on your birthday. 
Panera Bread - Birthday Treat plus random treats throughout the year  
P.F. Chang's - Sign up for their email updates and get a free dessert on your birthday. 
Pizza Hut - FREE Breadsticks for Bday (And Cheese Sticks Free upon Signup)  
Potbelly Sandwich Shop - Free Birthday cookie with email signup 
Qdoba Mexican Grill - Sign up for their rewards program and receive a free chips & salsa or a free regular drink for registering, plus a free gift on your birthday.
Quizno's - Free offers for signing up and free cookie for your birthday 
Redbox - Free Birthday DVD, Free Anniversary DVD plus free DVD at every 10th rental 
Red Lobster - Join their rewards club and get a free gift on your birthday.  
Red Robin - FREE Gourmet Burger 
Ruby Tuesdays - FREE Burger
Ruth's Chris Steak House - FREE Dessert for your birthday plus other offers during the year. 
Salsarita's Cantina - Free $10 reward for your birthday plus other perks 
Sbarro Pizza - Free Pizza upon Sign up and Free Slice for Birthday 
Sephora - Free Makeup Birthday Gift with their Beauty Insider Program!  
SONIC - FREE Birthday treat for adults (I was given three options to choose from) AND Kid's Free Wacky Pack Meal (They also send a 50% coupon on Child's 1/2 Bday) 
Spaghetti Warehouse - Join the Warehouse Club and get a free appetizer for signing up, plus a free meal on your birthday
Speedway Gas Stations - 200 Bonus points for my Speedy Rewards account
Sprinkles Cupcakes - Free cupcake each your for your birthday  
Starbucks - Free Drink or Treat with registered Starbucks gift card
Steak N Shake - Free double Steakburger with cheese & fries for your birthday! 
Swagbucks - 50 FREE Swagbucks
TCBY - Sign up for the myTCBY eclub and recieve a free small yogurt on your birthday.
T.G.I. Fridays - Free Dessert for Bday 
Toby Keith's I Love this Restaurant - Free Steak Dinner for your birthday 
Toys R Us – Kids 10 and Under will get a FREE Gift Card (usually $3)
Tropical Smoothie (Michigan) - Free Smoothie for Birthday 
UNO Chicago Grill - Join their rewards program and get a free meal on your birthday. 
Victoria's Secret - Sign up for their mailing list and get a $10 off $10 Birthday Coupon
Waffle House - Join the Waffle House Regular's Club and get a FREE Waffle for your birthday
Wendy's - $1 off Combo Meal for Birthday (plus other offers throughout year)  
World Market - Become a member of the World Market Rewards program for a $10 off $10 coupon on your birthday 
Zehnder's (Frankenmuth, MI) - FREE Chicken Dinner for your birthday with free rewards club sign up. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain Review

Be prepared to take on all your tough cold & sinus symptoms with Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain!

Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain is the only Over-the-Counter cold and sinus medicine that combines the speed and strength of Advil® and a proven nasal decongestant for fast, effective, relief of severe cold symptoms including stuffy nose and sinus pressure.

Though mucus can contribute to the stuffed up feeling, nasal congestion is the swelling of the tissues in the nose and sinuses caused by inflammation. Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain re-opens your airways by constricting the blood vessels in your nose and sinuses.

Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain also treats the pain associated with colds. The philosophy behind Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain is that cold-sufferers who treat only nasal congestion or the pain associated with it really only address half the problem. Both pain and congestion are major symptoms of colds so it just makes sense to treat them both with just one tablet. Get fast, powerful relief with Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain.

Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain relieves:
• Stuffy Nose
• Sinus pressure
• Nasal Swelling
• Headache
• Fever
• Body aches

Some medications address nasal congestion, while others work to reduce pain, but Advil® Sinus Congestion & Pain is specifically formulated to do both. Which means, you can get back to what doing what you want to do – Advil® at Work™.

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Important note: Use as directed. Follow product dosing information and ask your doctor before use if you:
• Are at risk for stomach bleeding or have a history of stomach issues
• Are allergic to pain relievers/fever reducers
• Are pregnant or nursing
• About to or just had heart surgery
• Or have any other condition warned against on the product label (see product label for complete warning information).

My thoughts
Every time spring or fall arrives, I end up with sinus problems. I was so glad to get my free kit from Smiley360 in the mail today. I immediately took one Advil  so I could start feeling relief fast. I loved the adorable stress ball shaped like a nose and the tiny pack of tissues for my purse. Thanks Advil and Smiley 360 for my kit. 

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Smiley 360 Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. - See more at:
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