Thrifty and Frugal Living

Sunday, March 19, 2017

March Play! by Sephora #SephoraPlay

-Five deluxe samples in a drawstring bag every month for $10. 

My March bag: 

The White drawstring bag says "Glow Your Own Way". I am not a huge fan of these bags. I haven't found any great uses for them so far and I much prefer the Ipsy bags. However, the contents are completely worth it. 

Living Proof full dry volume blast (95ml) 

benefit Watt's Up! (0.08oz)

Glamglow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturizer (0.24oz)

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Golden Pink

Josie Maran Surreal Skin Argan Finishing Balm  (0.1oz)

Chloe Eau De Parfum (1.2ml) 

This bag was well worth my $10! I know that several of these are travel sized and would cost that by themselves. The Watt's Up! is my absolute favorite highlighter. Chloe smells amazing. I am a fan of perfume in my sample boxes even though others are not. I like to toss them into my purse and refresh my scent half way through my day. I also like trying new and different perfumes. The only disappointment was the Josie Maran sample. It is almost empty and looks dried out. The Bobbi Brown eyeshadow stick is awesome! It is a gorgeous gold color. Living Proof is also a really amazing brand and I am excited to try a (new to me) product of theirs.

If I were to compare my two subscription boxes this month, I would definitely give the win to Play! by Sephora over Ipsy. It is typically the better of the two boxes. You should know that there is typically a wait list to get the Sephora box. You have to click on the email within 24 hours of it arriving to get in. So, sign up now and jump on the chance if you are invited.

Friday, March 17, 2017

March #Ipsy Glam Bag

*$10 a month with free shipping
*Co-founded in 2011 by YouTube trailblazer Michelle Phan
*Every month you receive a make-up bag with 5 deluxe
samples to full sized products.
*Contents vary per person based on the preference survey you take when you sign up. 
My March Bag:

Ipsy sends a different makeup bag each month along with your samples. They will occasionally have designers to design one for the brand. This month was unique because it was a taller bag that can be folded over and used as a clutch. It is a pretty goldish peach color. The front has a repeating circle pattern and the back is a solid, soft pink peach.

Inside the bag:

-Doucce Freematic eye shadow in Marisa 
-Ouai Treatment Masque (1 oz) 
-The Balm Bahama Mama bronzer (0.57g) 
-Elizabeth Mott Blending Brush 
-Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask (0.5oz)

I received an eyeshadow, a bronzer, a blending brush, a hair mask and a face mask. I am familiar with three of the five brands. The brands that Ipsy works with are mostly high end. Overall, I am pretty happy with Ipsy. They are consistently good with very few months that disappoint. I will use everything in this box except for the bronzer. I have some bronzer already and I have never perfected the art of using it.

Do you use Ipsy? Are you signed up for a different subscription box? Let me know!

Spring Reading Team Challenge with #Swagbucks

Here's another fun team challenge to help you earn SB from Swagbucks! For those of you who don't know what Swagbucks is, it's a website where you can earn cash back on everyday tasks you do online like shopping, answering surveys, discovering deals, and watching videos. You can even earn for searching the web! 

If you've never tried Swagbucks before because you didn't know where to begin, their Team Challenges are a great way to learn the ropes! Their latest, the Spring Reading Team Challenge, begins Monday, March 20th. 

Here's how you can join the challenge and the site:
1. Click here to join the challenge and be assigned to a team. Pre-registration is going on right now! If you don't already have an account, you can sign up on this page as well.
2. Starting March 20th at 8am PT, in addition to earning SB you'll contribute points to your teams total as you complete different activities on Swagbucks.
3. Check back on the page often to see the scores and what you've contribute so far. 
All members who participate and contribute at least 400 points to their team’s total will receive a SB bonus in the form of a SB Swag Up Rebate on their next gift card! 

Not only that, but if you earn 300 SB before April 1st, you'll get a 300 SB bonus (as long as you've signed up under me)!

Members of the 1st place team will receive a 50 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 2nd place team will receive a 25 SB Swag Up Rebate, members of the 3rd place team will receive a 10 SB Swag Up Rebate. Your SB Swag Up Rebate will be made available on Friday, March 24th and will expire on Sunday, April 9th 11:59pm PT.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Grand Prix of St. Pete Deal with Coca Cola at CVS #CokeFlorida #FirestoreGP

Two of my favorite companies: Coca Cola and CVS have teamed up to give Tampa area residents a discount to the St. Pete Grand Prix! I have also partnered with them and I will be attending. I am extremely excited. Grand Prix are a lot of fun and what a view in our beautiful city. So, here is the deal:

Buy any three Coca-Cola products and receive a voucher for $25 off a 3 day pass to the Grand Prix of St. Pete. The tickets are regular $55, so that makes them $30 each. Three days of entertainment for $30 is an incredible deal. But, wait.... it gets even better...

CVS has Coca Cola on sale for 3/$10 thru 3/11. This means that you can stock up on your favorite soda AND receive a voucher for the Grand Prix. The vouchers are located at the register and look like this. 

So, hurry to your local Tampa CVS and grab this deal now. The Grand Prix of St. Pete starts this Friday 3/10 and ends Sunday 3/12.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Monster Jam #Tampa + #Giveaway

Did you know that Monster Jam has been around for 25 years? Grave Digger is in his 35th year (he started before Monster Jam)! Wow. That is older than me. I am ashamed to admit that I have never been to Monster Jam. This will be my first year attending and I am incredibly excited! I am a Kentucky girl, so I love big trucks and dirt. Here are some of the highlights of this year's Monster Jam:

Monster Jam will be at Raymond James Stadium for two big shows in Tampa: January 14 and February 4 at 7 p.m. For tickets and complete details, visit and follow #monsterjam online.

  • Dennis Anderson will be driving Grave Digger (Jan. 14 show only), and his son Ryan Anderson driving Son-uva Digger in our show. Two generations of Monster Jam drivers competing to be the Tampa champion.
  • Monster Jam competitors are trained at Monster Jam University to master the skills of driving Monster Jam trucks.
  • Only those Monster Jam athletes highly proficient in scaling their extraordinary driving skills will push the limits and optimize all types of racing and obstacle courses here in 2017 in Tampa.
  • Approximately 12 feet tall and 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. They are built for short, high-powered bursts of speed. Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.
  • Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.
  • The Party in the Pits on is 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and it’s where fans can get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. Tickets are $10 in addition to show tickets. They’re on sale now, and will be free at participating Southern Ford Dealers’ locations.
Who is excited? I know I am! Look at these trucks!

I will be writing about my experience, so make sure you keep an eye out for it. Have you been to Monster Jam? Who is your favorite truck? I need to know who to cheer for! 


I have three tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader! These tickets are for the Saturday, January 14th, 2017 Tampa show. Make sure you can attend if you enter. You must be 18 years old and have a valid ID to pick up tickets. 

To enter, leave a comment below telling me your real name, email and if you have ever been to Monster Jam before. For a bonus entry, share this post and leave a second comment with the url to your share. 

This giveaway will only be open a short time! It will close January 5th at 1am. Good Luck and I will see you all there!

CONGRATS TO Lindsey Schutze! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Top Local Chef #TopLocalChef #Tampa #Gulfport

I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have always wondered what it would be like to have a local Top Chef competition. Well, guess what? We do!! Top Local Chef is this weekend (Sunday, April 24 from 5-7pm) in Gulfport, FL (a cozy little town on the water near St. Petersburg). The casino is on the water and the view will be beautiful. Come join me. Here are the details:

2016 Competing Chefs

General admission (VIP is sold out)

  • Sample from FOUR of the competing chefs
  • Voting token to help select People's Choice 
  • Does not include reserved seating
Buy Tickets:

I will see you there!