Monday, July 27, 2009

Thanks to Daisy Gray Design for the Background!

I want to give a thank you to Daisy Gray Design for this super cute Blogger background. She has a wide variety of backgrounds that are all FREE. She also has instructions to add the designs onto your blog. Have fun browsing!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

T.G.I. Friday's Give Me More Stripes Program

T.G.I. Friday's has a strong customer loyalty program called "Give Me More Stripes". For each $1 you spend, you earn one stripe. One you earn 100 stripes, you receive a $8 food coupon. This is all good, but it's not my favorite part of the program. My favorite part of the program is all the coupons they send via e-mail. This summer it seems that every other week or so they send a coupon to buy 1 entree, get 1 free. I think that's a great deal! And you still earn stripes on the entree you pay for too.

You can find out more about "Give Me More Stripes" and register here. Just for signing up you will get a FREE appetizer!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Extra Entries for Reader Giveaways

For all reader giveaways at Beauty by Jinxy, you can gain extra entries by doing any or all of the following:

1) Blog about the giveaway on your blog with a link directly to the giveaway page. Then, fill out the giveaway form a second time putting the URL for your post in the "extra entry" field.

2) Subscribe to the Thrifty Jinxy Reviews newsletter (see the upper right hand corner). Then fill out the giveaway form again time. If you subscribe via e-mail, put your subscriber e-mail address in the "extra entry" field. If you subscribe via an RSS reader, put your user name in the "extra entry" field.

3) Follow Thrifty Jinxy Reviews in Blogger/Google Friend Connect - see right side bar. Then, fill out the giveaway form again with your username in the "extra entry" field.

4) Stumble the giveaway post & then fill out giveaway form with your StumbleUpon name.

5) Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter and fill out the giveaway form again with a link to your tweet.

6) Click on the buttons on the right side bar to follow in Twitter or on Facebook (or both) and then fill out the form again with your username for Twitter/Facebook.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Pillsbury New "Simply" Cookies - Review & Coupon

Pillsbury has introduced the new "Simply" line of cookies. They are ready-to-bake cookies made with simple, wholesome ingredients like flour, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. They have 0g trans fat, no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors or flavors and no preservatives.

I was sent a free coupon to try out Simply and was happy to find them in my store. (They are very new and our store doesn't always have the latest things!) I'm usually not a huge fan of ready-to-bake cookies, but I really wanted a dessert the other night and did not feel like baking from scratch. I baked half of the package of twelve. They turned out so yummy! I find that most ready-to-bake cookies usually end up fairly thick and not that appealing. These spread out nicely making a thin cookie that is crispy on the edges and moist and chewy in the middle. They really remind of of the cookies I used to have at my best friend LeAnn's house back in elementary school. I always thought her mom made the best cookies! The other thing they remind me of (and trust me this really IS a compliment) are the cookies we used to get at McDonald's when we lived on the East Coast. They had the "fresh-baked" cookies that were always warm and gooey with the crispy edges. That's one of the many items on my husband's list of complaints about me dragging him to live in Minnesota - - he really misses those cookies.

Anyway, if you would like to try these cookies for yourself, you can print a $1.25 coupon through this link. If you have already tried them or give them a try, let me know what you think!

New Chex Mix Bars

Have you tried the new Chex Mix Bars yet? This delicious snack combines crunchy Chex pieces, pretzels and peanuts with chewy and indulgent ingredients like caramel and chocolate. And if that´s not enough, they have less than 150 calories per bar and provide at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving (48 grams recommended daily)! A great combination of the ingredients you love, Chex Mix Bars are a tasty treat that will leave you feeling satisfied and guilt-free!

MyBlogSpark sent me Chex Mix Turtle Bars to try and I must say that they are yummy! I love a salty and sweet combination and that's what you get with the combination of the salty peanuts and pretzels and the sweet chocolate and caramel. I also like the gooey/crunchy combo. It's like getting the best of both worlds in one snack. (It also makes a great after-dinner dessert!)

Check out this review over at Thrifty Jinxy and also enter to win two boxes of Chex Mix Turtle Bars for yourself! (Ends 7/10/09)

Welcome to Thrifty Jinxy Reviews

Welcome to my new review blog! Don't worry, I will still be blogging regularly over at Thrifty Jinxy, but I wanted to add this new spot for doing reviews that won't fit over at the "original" blog. Thanks for joining me!