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VLOG: Smart Grocery Shopping Made Easier + $100 Visa Giveaway from SHOPPERK

I have to admit…I’m still perfecting the art of grocery shopping and meal planning.
And now with another baby in the mix, my time to spend on this task is limited.
I’m always getting bored with the meals I make and am wanting to find new recipes to try.
I usually end up looking through pinterest to see new recipes to try…
and then get distracted by DIY projects before I actually end up
adding those recipe’s ingredients to my grocery list and checking for deals.
And don’t even get me started on wanting to spend less at the grocery.
I know I’m not alone on that!

I couldn’t resist this new company’s proposal to be one of the first to have a look at their new App. SHOPPERK is all about making Smart Shopping Easier.
After using the Shopperk App I realized it makes finding recipes easier, with big yummy photos and search options… and offers big savings all in one place by showing you deals from stores in your area…on a bunch of items but also on the actual items on your grocery list from the recipes you chose! genius.

Here’s a video I made to give you an idea of how it works!
ignore my dorkyness. Micah makes an appearance for about 3 seconds
before that teething wiggle worm wanted to go play.

I’m curious to see if you would use something like this!
If you are interested put your e-mail in and you’ll be one of the first users.

$100 Visa Gift Card
The giveaway will end May 7th.
A winner will be chosen via and e-mailed!
Put your e-mail below as an entry! Good luck!

Try ShopPerk for Yourself


Freezer Crock Pot Meal Prep Day- TAKE TWO

My first try at Freezer Crock Pot Meals was such a hit,
with hundreds of pin and repins..
I thought I would share again my second try at it!
Seems like a lot of us are wanting to make
grocery shopping/cooking/meal planning easier!
By shopping at both Aldi’s and Giant Eagle this week
I was able to get the price per meal to under $4!
My most recent batch of
Freezer Crock Pot Meals is HERE!

Here’s the list of recipes I made up this past week:
Click to be taken to original recipe I used (my documents with the recipes are changed a little)
Pulled Pork (based off this recipe…
my version is in the file to download below)

You can download the RECIPES HERE featuring what to write on each Freezer Bag!
(use sharpie and write on bag BEFORE you fill them up.
knowing what to put on them ahead of time makes it so much quicker!)
Not sure yet how these all cook up..some are new ones.. let me know what you think!
And thanks for trying it out with me :)
(PS. My favorite is the chicken and dumplings…
I cook it for 2 hours on high and then 30 or so minutes with the biscuits dropped in!)

You can also check out my First Try at this money and time saving project HERE for
more info and other recipes! (downloadable grocery and recipe list)

** LOVE the Chicken and Dumplings..always have. that’s why I’m doubling it this time.
**not a fan of the chicken and rice.
**red potatoes turned brown only in ONE of the recipes.. wierd. So this time I put the potatoes in a seperate freezer bag to do a little trial..and see if they turn brown or not. if they do..I’ll just throw in some fresh when it’s time.
**Pulled Pork last time was yummy to use for tacos.. but we really like it with barbecue the most. So I went ahead and poured in the Sweet Baby Ray’s Barbecue sauce right away this time. :) LOVEEE eating the barbecue pulled pork on tacos with cheese. it’s delicious. trust me.

Party Trend: Dessert Bar & Candy Buffet- Budget Friendly Ideas

Most of you have probably heard of the amazing Amy Atlas. 
Her dessert tables are famous for being absolutely stunning! Here’s just a few favorites….

Now i’m guessing her budget is a weee bit more than mine or yours… but she is perfect inspiration!
 If you want some concrete tips for creating looks like hers for less check this out…….

$40 Grocery Store Dessert Bar
this amazing designer shares her budget friendly DIY dessert bar on her blog…
and i LOVE how it turned out!
(Photo credits: Bride Scouts)

Her Grocery List
1 bag of large marshmallows
2 bags of heart shaped chocolates (on sale!)
2 boxes of sugared doughnuts (on sale!)
2 boxes of Oreo Cakesters (my immitation whoopie pies)
popsicle sticks
some mini yogurt pretzels (aka yotzels!)
Mini marshmallows
6 dollar store jars (favors)
Pink Mints
Mini cupcake mix with frosting and cherries (FYI: my boyfriend made the cupcakes)
Mini Merengues
Heart shaped Cookies
Some Sparkling Water
Total Cost: $40.00

And for some more inspiration here are some real life dessert bars & candy buffet tables..
click title for the details!

Here’s some basic tips and tricks from to create a Candy Buffet:
“To help create a full look to your buffet when you’re on a tight budget, use other decorative “filler” items on the table around the candy jars. Paper lanterns, flowers, flower petals, and picture frames are great “filler” elements. You can even sneak in some jars of inexpensive, coordinating cookies to help fill space and create a decadent, abundant look to the buffet.

Use a variety of types of candies – individually wrapped, unwrapped with a hard candy shell (i.e. m&m’s, skittles), hard candies, gummy candies, lollipops, old-fashioned candy sticks, etc.

Purchase candy at bulk candy stores – either local or online (see Resources below). If it’s possible for you to buy bulk candy locally, bring your containers into the store with you to make sure you purchase the correct amount.

If you’re ordering candy online, be sure to place your order well in advance so that you have time to stage the buffet at home before the party and order more candy if necessary. You also want to avoid rush shipping fees, as bulk candy can be very heavy!

Consider your environment. For example, if you’re having an outdoor wedding in the summer, you may want to avoid chocolate, yogurt-covered malt balls, and other types of candy that can melt in the heat.

To narrow down the wide selection of candies available, which can be overwhelming when you’re deciding on the candy “menu”, focus on creating a buffet that matches your party colors and/or theme.

Use different shapes, sizes, and heights of containers, and make sure their mouths are wide enough for guests to scoop candy from. Cylinder vases and apothecary jars are widely available in home/craft stores (Target, IKEA, Michael’s, etc.) and online, and it’s also great to check discount stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls.

Embellish containers with ribbon, custom labels, and other decorative embellishments.”

even if you don’t have an event to plan right now… it’s still fun to look at all the yummy prettiness!
But If you are planning a dessert bar/candy buffet and need help with labels shoot me an e-mail and visit my etsy shop, Pretty Paperie, for personalized printables to help create the look you want! menu cards..cupcake toppers..water bottle labels..all of these would make your table lovely and personalized!