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The year’s almost over and you have likely snapped lots of memories on your cameras, phones, and tablets. Have you printed your pictures? You will surely want to start the new year with a clean memory card, right? Check out custom Photo Books at Mixbook. I have used Mixbook to make photobooks before and they always turn out fantastic. Check out a page from one of my Mixbook photobooks.


This is from years ago but the color is still vivid and the image is still crisp. It’s gorgeous!

It’s so easy to shop at Mixbook. All you do is open up your web browser, go to the site, upload your pictures, and start shopping. I’d much rather print my pictures online than have to go to a store and get them printed. Like, seriously. I would rather work for FREE teaching any difficult math lesson the week we’d normally be out for Christmas break-with a classroom full of fourth graders than go print pictures at a store. Basically, it just ain’t happening for me. I can’t remember the last time I went and picked up prints from a store.

But this is not about me, it’s about you! Go on over to Mixbook already and print you some pictures.

If photobooks are not what you want to do with your pictures, check out this sale going on at Mixbook for 45% off sitewide. But hurry! This offer ends on the 14th. Click here for 45% off sitewide!



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Sometimes you just need one of those meals that will fill up a rumbling tummy. Sometimes you just want a taste of New Orleans at home. Sometimes you just want a one-pot meal. Sometimes you just want a meal that is inexpensive, yet tastes good enough to come from a restaurant. This red beans and rice recipe is all of those things.

This red beans and rice recipe tastes like it comes straight out of a kitchen in New Orleans, but you can go back for seconds and no one will know. It won’t break the bank, and one little bag of beans goes a long way. You make it in one big dutch oven (this is the one we use: Lodge EC6D33 Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart, Blue), and it comes together without much effort. You’ll be making this simple recipe again and again. Check it out.

red beans and rice recipe

Stick-to-your-ribs Red Beans and Rice


  • salt
  • pepper
  • Cajun seasoning
  • two strips of bacon
  • 1- 8 oz. package of tasso (can find it on Amazon)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1 pound red beans, presoaked
  • 1 pound of smoked sausage, sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
  • 4-5 cups of water

Prep time: 5
Cook time:3 hours
Serves: 4-6


      1. In a six-quart dutch oven, fry up bacon on medium high. Add vegetables and cook until translucent, about five or six minutes. Season vegetables with salt and pepper to taste.
      2. Brown sausage. Cook about two minutes.
      3. Add dry beans and stir with vegetables to combine. Add 2 cups of chicken stock and 4-5 cups of water to cover beans.
      4. Add tasso. Then season with salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning to taste.
      5. Stir beans. Turn burner down to medium. Cover with lid.
      6. Simmer for 2 .5 – 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add water as needed to gain the desired consistency.

It’s not actually in the recipe, but you will probably want to make your rice when you get down to the last 30 minutes of cooking.

This red beans and recipe is a great one pot meal that feeds 4-6 adults. It is also a great side dish if you would like to stretch it a bit farther. It cold feed probably 12 people as a side dish.

Give it a try and let me know what you think!


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New Metal Prints from Mixbook

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, just looook.

Wow, right? I love Mixbook already because of their great photobooks, but check out Mixbook’s Metal Prints. These are a great way to make a statement, and make your memories look like art. I think I might need one. Get one for yourself (or someone you love) here.

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Now everyone could use a little extra money, amirite? One way that I recommend you to save money is to take advantage of cash back when you shop. There are many different ways to do this. One of my favorite ways is to get cash back rebates on my weekly grocery shopping using Ibotta. Ibotta is an app you can download on your phone to earn cash back on your groceries.

What is this Ibotta you speak of?

Ibotta is a free app that gives you rebates on items that you purchase that are on Ibotta’s rebate list. When you think rebate, you’re probably thinking about the old fill out a form, waste a stamp, wait six weeks rebate. That’s not how Ibotta is at all. You sign up to Ibotta, choose the items you want to buy, buy the items on your list, scan them and your receipt, and get cash back into your Ibotta account that you can redeem for cash back or gift cards. You can get a $10 sign up bonus by using my link here.  To get the bonus, you need to redeem one rebate. Don’t forget, you need to use the referral link to get the credit or else you start out at zero, like I did when I first downloaded Ibotta.

Well, I didn’t discover Ibotta until this summer around July. It was July 4th to be exact. I downloaded it to my phone, not really knowing what to expect. Little did I know, I would be earning over $110 in just five months using Ibotta. Here’s a screen shot of my account. Sorry it’s blurry but it was the best that I could get.



Before you go grocery shopping, you check out the rebates available on your Ibotta app and then purchase the items you want at the store. Then, you scan the items along with your receipt, and get a cash back rebate to your Ibotta account. Once you reach the super low threshold of just $20, you can transfer your money into your Paypal account or receive it as a gift card of your choice. Some of the gift cards available are Amazon, Sephora, iTunes, Olive Garden, Target, and Gap, just to name a few. There are many more too. You are sure to find a gift card that you can use. If not, think about how these are great gifts. The minimum amount you have to have in your account is $20 t0 get a gift card, but you can probably put as much as you’d like on a gift card. I can’t say, because I always cash out with that cold, hard  cash to my Paypal.

Optimizing your shopping trip with Ibotta

Here are a few tips I can give you to help you make the most cash back: take your device that has Ibotta with you and scan the items that you are going to buy in the store. Make a list of what you’d like to buy ahead of time. Sure, you can wait until after you purchase items and then just scan them when you come home, but I recommend you scan at the store because this is the best way to ensure that you get the correct product. I like to scan the items in the store to ensure that I’m purchasing the right product, because if you’re not careful you might pick up a product that is the wrong size or something.

Buying in bulk with Ibotta

Did you know that you could use Ibotta to buy in bulk? Well, you can actually use Ibotta along with another app called Boxed, and you’ll save money as well as get an awesome rebate! Have you ever shopped at Boxed.com? Boxed is like Sam’s Club except there are no membership fees and your things are shipped right to your door. No need to leave the house to shop for everyday household items! They also often offer percentage or money off coupons to their subscribers to really make the costs go down. Sign up for Boxed here, and get a $15 off coupon for your first order of $60 or more.


Okay, so now, if you’re like me and I KNOW you are, you’re wondering how you can combine the awesomeness that is Boxed with Ibotta. Good news! Boxed has a rebate on Ibotta! I got 20% back on my purchase at Boxed by shopping with Ibotta! That means that I got $13.43 on my order. So now you need to see what I orderd.

You have to complete your transaction by clicking on Ibotta and then click on the Boxed app’s rebate to unlock it. After that, shop with your Boxed app and you’ll get the rebate applied to whatever you purchase from Boxed. Their 20% discount is amazing!

Here’s what I ordered from Boxed for a total of $67.16. That’s before coupons or Ibotta. I had a -$15 coupon so my total out of pocket was $52.16 and it’s free shipping for anything over $49. 

Prince & Spring Liquid Hand Soap
Multipack 4 x 7.5 oz $4.99
Save 59%
Qty: 1$4.99
  • TideHE Liquid Detergent
    Original150 oz
    $20.19Save 6%
    Qty: 1$20.19




ScottBathroom Tissue
Septic Safe36 Count
$23.99 Save 13%
Qty: 1$23.99
Reynolds WrapStandard Aluminum Foil
2 x 250 sq ft$17.99Save 37%
Qty: 1$17.99
Mrs. Meyer’sLiquid Hand Soap
Qty: 1FREE
Prince & SpringUltra Paper Towel
  • Flexible Sheet SizesSAMPLE
    Qty: 1
    So my cost was $52.16 minus the money that I earned for shopping Boxed on the Ibotta app which turned out to be $13.43. My total out of pocket for the items above was just $38.73! And that is with the items shipped to my door!

I thought this was a fantastic cost for these items. I compared the items to what it would cost at WalMart.com since I would usually shop at WalMart. It would be $19.96 for the aluminum foil, $26 for the toilet paper (would get four extra rolls this way), $17.99 for the Tide and $4 for comparable hand soap for a total of $67.95 with no discount unless you were able to save a couple of dollars with coupons. I got these products for a steal at just $38.73. That’s almost half price!

Sign up to Ibotta and Boxed and let me know what awesome deals you are able to come up with!

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