Michigan Renaissance Festival: $3 Off Admission or Free Child Ticket Offer!



The smell of incense.  Fairy dust.   Jousting.  Turkey legs.  Pickle insults.  Axes, purses, dresses and honey are just a few of the wonderful goods you’ll find…along with lots and lots of laughs.  Yes, if you’ve been to the Michigan Renaissance Festival, these are very familiar, smile inducing memories.  They are to us, too.  Each year, we round out our annual birthday celebration for the kids on Labor Day weekend with a Monday trip to the Renaissance Festival. It’s a tradition.


If you’ve never been, you’ve got to take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside the turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience! The festival runs on weekends and Labor Day from August 22nd thru October 4th! Festival Friday will be October 2nd this year.

And my fellow Michiganders, I happen to have a money saving deal just for you!  Don’t Make Me Nuts readers save $3 Off Gate Admission! With this Coupon, receive $3 off an Adult Admission or a FREE child ticket with the purchase of an Adult Ticket. Not Valid with any other offers.  August 22nd thru October 4th, 10am – 7pm, Rain or Shine! FREE Parking.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

12600 Dixie Hwy
Holly, MI 48442

Target: Freebies & Cheapies 8/2-8/8!



Here are some additional freebies & cheapies at Target this week.  These fabulous match-ups are brought to you by All Things Target.  Please visit her site to keep up to date on all the latest Target happenings.

To receive Target Mobile Coupons, text OFFERS to 827438


Oroweat Sandwich Thins $2.99    
Save 50% with Cartwheel by Target (-$1.50)
$1/1 printable coupon (zip 90210) or $.55/1 coupon from 6/7 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $.49 each

(4) Cocoa Puffs $2.50   
(1) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks $2.50
Save 10% off General Mills cereals with Cartwheel by Target (-$1.00 only applies to 4 items)
(4) $.75/1 Coco Puffs printable coupon (need 2 computers)
$.50/1 Apple Jacks printable coupon
Pay = $9.00
Get $5 gift card when you buy 5 (through 8/8)
Final Price = $.60 each after you factor in gift card

Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies $2.00 (sale price through 8/15)    
$.75/1 printable coupon
Final Price = $1.25 each

Annie’s Homegrown Cookie Bites $2.00 (sale price through 8/15)    
$.75/1 printable coupon
Final Price = $1.25 each

Tropicana Farmstand Juice $3.00 (sale price through 8/8)    
$1.50/1 coupon from 6/7 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $1.50 each


L’Oreal Advanced Hairstyle Product $3.99   
$2/1 Target printable coupon
Save 20% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.60)
$2/1 coupon from 8/2 Red Plum insert
Final Price = FREE

Got2b Stylers $3.99   
$2/1 printable coupon or coupon from 8/2 Red Plum insert
Get $2.00 back from SavingStar
Final Price = FREE

Dove Stylers $3.94
$2/1 coupon from 7/26 Red Plum insert
Get $2.00 back from SavingStar
Final Price = FREE

BIC Silky Touch Razors $3.19   
$3/1 coupon from 8/2 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $.19 each

Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo or Conditioner $3.49 ~ Buy 2  
Save 5% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.35)
$3/2 coupon from 7/26 Red Plum insert
Get $3.00 back from SavingStar (when you buy 2)
Final Price = $.32 each

Herbal Essences Mousse $3.39 ~ Buy 3    
$3/2 Herbal Essence shampoo, conditioner or styler coupon from 6/28 Red Plum insert
$1/1 Herbal Essence styler coupon 6/28 Red Plum insert
Pay = $6.17
Get $5 gift card when you buy 3 (through 9/12)
Final Price = $.39 each after you factor in gift card

Stayfree Pads (18 ct) $2.89 ~ Buy 2 
(2) $1/1 Target printable coupon
$3/2 coupon from 7/26 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $.39 each

Schick Slim Twin Disposable Razors (12 ct) $5.99    
$3/2 Target printable coupon
(2) $4/1 coupon from 7/26 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $.49 each

Tom’s of Maine Children’s Toothpaste $3.09 ~ Buy 4    
Save 5% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.62)
(4) $1/1 coupon from 6/14 SmartSource insert
Pay = $7.74
Get $5 gift card when you buy 4 (through 8/8)
Final Price = $.67 each after you factor in gift card


Bounty Basic Paper Towel Roll $.97   
Save 10% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.10)
$.50/1 printable coupon
Final Price = $.37 each

Wet Ones Canister $1.89 (sale price through 8/29) ~ Buy 2    
Save 20% with Cartwheel by Target (-$.76)
$1.50/2 coupon from 7/26 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $.76 each

Hefty Slider Bags (quart) $2.49 ~ Buy 2   
Save 25% with Cartwheel by Target (-$1.25)
$1.50/2 coupon from 8/2 Red Plum insert
Final Price = $1.12 each

Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner+Bleach Trigger Spray $2.99 ~ Buy 4    
(4) $.50/1 printable coupon
Pay = $9.96
Get $5 gift card when you buy 4 (through 8/15)
Final Price = $1.24 each after you factor in gift card

Purell Wipes Canister (40 ct) $2.29    
$1/1 coupon 7/26 SmartSource insert
Final Price = $1.29 each

Best Buy: Amazon Fire TV Stick $24.99 (reg. $39.99) + Free In Store Pickup!



Best Buy has an excellent Deal of the Day today.  The Amazon Fire TV Stick is on sale for $24.99 (reg. $39.99) and you can pick it up in your local store for free.  Alternatively, shipping is free with orders of $35 or more.  It shows up as $3.98 for me.

You may remember my post about ditching satellite in favor of devices like this and an old school antenna for local channels.  We have a good assortment of streaming devices in our house now – Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire Sticks, Roku Sticks, and Xbox 360.  I can tell you that the Amazon Fire TV and Sticks are the clear winners all around.  In that post, I put together a comparison chart between the Roku 3 and Amazon Fire TV.  The Fire Stick lacks the quad processor, so it isn’t able to play all games with extensive graphics, but it’s great for bedroom TV’s AND college kids as they can access the home library using the stick.  That’s really the only palpable drawback other than the lack of voice search that you get with the Fire TV.  That’s perfect for my older girlie who can’t spell everything just yet.  It’s fast and capable.  I highly recommend it.

Price War: Elmer’s Washable All Purpose Glue Sticks 30ct $8.92!


I know, I know, I’m taking a break.  Really, I am.  However, I was shopping on Amazon this morning and spotted a back-to-school deal I know you’ll want to hear about.

This is great if you’ve got other Mom friends who are also buying B2S supplies, so you can split.  Or if you want to have a few extra to donate to your school!  Every little bit helps!

Elmer’s Washable All Purpose School Glue Sticks (pack of 30)  is $8.92 (reg. $14.99) and it ships free with Prime or SSS over $35.  That works out to 30¢ per stick.  I don’t expect this deal to last long.

Remember: Amazon prices can change at any time.  This is valid as of 10:09am on July 22, 2015.

This is a price war item, too!   It’s also available for the same price at Staples through July 25, 2015.  Choose free in store pickup or if you have a ShopRunner account, you can use that for free shipping as well.

What’s New: Our Latest Addition!


Our Tiny Girl (the day after she was born)


Hello friends! As you may know, we were expecting a wee one last month. Well, she’s here and that’s why things are very quiet on the blog. At 41, I’m (somewhat) smart enough to know what comes first and I can tell you that it’s not a bunch of limited time deals and recipes. It’s the first smile, first hug, first finger squeeze, and first snuggle of my last baby. As I always say, I’m sure you understand. You always have and I appreciate your loyal readership more than you can possibly know.

My tiny girl was born on June 12th, so she’s just over one month old! And what a joy she is! She’s a wonderful, tiny slice of heaven. We absolutely adore her. So with that, I’ll be signing off for the most part for the next few weeks. I have many, many more snuggles to soak up.  The days are already passing so very quickly.

New IHG Summer Share Forever Rewards Program! Plus, A Giveaway and My IHG Hotel Experience!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IHG Rewards Club. All opinions are 100% mine.

Holland Harbor Light 2

You may remember that last summer we took the kids on vacation across the state to Grand Haven and Holland, Michigan to celebrate my son’s ability to travel now that he doesn’t have peanut restrictions anymore.  This was our first trip of its kind with the kids.  Ever.  And it was fabulous. And while we were determined not just to give the kids a great time (our main goal), we also didn’t want to have to worry about where we were staying.   After all, they were predicting rain off and on and we knew that might mean spending some more time in the hotel or doing indoor activities.

Well, in planning our trip, I did what you probably do – looked on one of those sites that has hotel listings for a particular area, searched, came up with some low rates, then proceeded to look at hotel ratings to find the best deal for a quality stay.    Know what I came up with?  The Holiday Inn Express in Grand Rapids.

Holiday Inn Express Pool

And as it turns out, booking directly through IHG got us a lower rate than a third party site AND introduced us to the IHG® Rewards Club.   Actually, they guarantee the lowest rate anywhere or you get a free night.  And let me tell you, if you’re planning on taking any trips at all this summer, this is a reward program you need to know about because it’s a perk that makes having the lowest price room even better.

IHG® is a global company with 9 hotel brands, over 4,800 hotels and nearly 674,000 rooms in nearly 100 countries around the world including the familiar Holiday Inn (Express and Resort, too), Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites,  and more. I have to tell you that we were so impressed with our stay.  We reserved the King Two Room Suite since my mother was traveling with us and wanted her own room.  Not only was the entire hotel spotless, they opened the pool area early for us, so the kids could go swimming.  It was like having our own private, clean, and warm pool each morning.


And the bed?  OK, don’t laugh.  If I just tell you it’s the best bed I’ve ever slept on, you probably won’t believe me.  I dug up this OLD email from last November that I wrote to Holiday Inn asking them about the mattress at that location.  My husband and I loved it THAT much. So, if you’ve got some Summer Bucket List activities that’ll take you out of town, you’ll want to register now and make your guaranteed lowest price reservations because they’ve got a new promotion this summer that’ll earn you even MORE points.

As if the lowest price room guarantee isn’t enough, IHG has a new “Share Forever” Summer Promotion that allows members to earn points for their stay as well as share additional points with family and friends! Here is how it works:

  • Earn 500 Points for your next IHG hotel stay from May 1, 2015 – September 2, 2015
  • Earn another 500 points for that same hotel stay to share with another member! (Or keep the points for yourself!)
  • Earn from 68,500 to 115,500 “Share Forever” bonus points plus a maximum 58,500 bonus points to share, or keep.

IHG® Rewards Club gives you more options and more places to use your points. That’s just part of the reason it’s an award-winning hotel loyalty program and chosen by more guests worldwide than any other. Signing up at shareforever.ihg.com is completely free.  And I have to mention that, in addition to the summer program, you’ll also be privy to these member only benefits all the time:

    • The lowest hotel price on their site or you’ll get a free night’s stay. (This is so important!)
    • Points Redemption is ridiculously flexible. I’ll explain…

You can redeem your points for:

  • Reward Nights – Use your points to stay at any of their hotels worldwide with no blackout dates.
  • Shopping – They have an online catalog where you can purchase all sorts of products , jewelry, electronics with your points – from Under Armour goodies to an iPad, Samsonite Luggage, Camping Equipment, Golf Clubs, and more.  Points are plentiful, too.  With the points we earned last year in our 3 day stay, I could redeem them for several different items if I choose.
  • Exchange your points for Gift Cards
  • Exchange them for Airline Miles (over 200 airlines), Hotel Stays or Car Rentals – or all of them if you have enough for a free trip!
  • and more!

Join now below to start earning points and be entered to win up to 1,000 points to use on your next stay! It’s completely free to join.
IHG Share Forever Summer Rewards Program

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Easy Cauliflower Rice

Easy Cauliflower Rice Recipe


It wasn’t until I was pregnant and diagnosed with borderline gestational diabetes that I really started to pay attention to how many carbs I was eating in a day.  At first, I thought they were crazy.  I eat healthy, for heaven’s sake!  Oh my gosh, I was so surprised.  I mean, I eat a lot of what my kids eat now – Cinnamon Toast cereal, chicken nuggets and mac & cheese, etc., but I do eat healthy, too.  Just not as frequently as I thought!  Pile on my cravings for lemon and ice…in the form of Frozen Lemon Juice Bars (read: sugar) at 2-3 a day.  Yes, 2-3 a day on top of so many other carb and sugar laden foods, it’s no wonder my body was struggling.  Just looking at that list is enough to make my blood sugar spike.  It just simply isn’t healthy.  And at 41, I can’t get away with eating like that anymore – pregnant or not.

Since then, I started walking – a lot – and for 20 minutes after every meal.  Lots of low fat cheese, lean meat, greek yogurt, Sunbutter, peanut butter, and eggs are staples around my house.  Bread or crackers, when I eat them, are always whole grain or at least whole wheat.   Vegetables are a huge part of my diet and I eat a fair amount of berries, too.  If I want something sweet, I eat high cocoa chocolate or sugar free mini Reese’s PB cups – although not more than 1-2.   Splenda and Truvia are my go-to sweeteners along with Agave Syrup (less so).  My spiral slicer gets even more of a workout as it makes all of my zucchini noodles now.  My lemon cravings are satisfied with slices upon slices in ice cold water.  Just smelling my water makes my poor kids’ mouths pucker.  It doesn’t even phase me.  Haha…I could go on and on, though, really..

If you’re on a low carb or carb controlled diet, for whatever reason, I don’t need to tell you any of this.  You already know it!  I can, however, commiserate with you about some of the not-so-fun changes.  Rice, specifically, white rice.  You probably miss it.  Well, at least a little.  I mean, who doesn’t want to eat a big pile of rice now and then?  I know I do, but it just isn’t healthy.  There are tasty alternatives, though, that work just as well.  My favorite is Cauliflower Rice.  Each CUP contains 5 grams of carbs and 2.5 grams of those are fiber, making your net carb count 2.5 grams.  Awesome!  Know how many grams of carbs are in 1 CUP of white rice?  45.  Yeah, I like rice…just not THAT much.  So, let’s get right to it!  This is the way I make my cauliflower rice and I can eat a cup at a time.  Yep, it’s a pregnant thing.  I can also eat 3 cucumbers a day and not die.  And if I haven’t told you, as of around 24 weeks, my stomach problems that have been plaguing me for 3 years went away.  I almost can’t wait to not be pregnant anymore to find out if maybe it wasn’t fiber but sugar that has been causing me trouble all this time.   If it isn’t, I’ll be sad to have to go back to living with chronic nausea.  Being normal feels really good.

Easy Cauliflower Rice


  • Head of Cauliflower


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Set aside.
  3. Cut off all the green stem from the cauliflower head.
  4. Cut cauliflower in half and cut off more of the stem.
  5. Cut into smaller pieces and place them into a food processor.
  6. Pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice.
  7. *Don’t over-pulse otherwise it will turn into crumbs.
  8. *Spread cauliflower onto foiled cookie sheet. Spread in all over the sheet so that it gets evenly cooked.
  9. Cook for 10 min. Stir around cauliflower and then spread it out again like it was before.
  10. Cook for 10 more minutes.
  11. Once cooked, you can sprinkle some salt over it and serve it with any traditional Chinese food, etc.
  12. *When using cauliflower as a ‘rice’ substitute, you don’t use as much as you would with regular rice. For each serving, I would recommend ½ C of the cauliflower rice.
  13. *Tips


Easy Cauliflower Rice

Walgreens: Freebies & Cheapies 6/28-7/4!

General Information


Be sure and add the Everyday Points offer to your Balance Reward card and you’ll earn 10 points for every $1 spent in addition to the points you’ll earn in the weekly Balance Rewards point offers.

The Walgreens Coupon Policy has changed!  Get up to speed with the new rules here.

The amounts for the Balance Rewards redemption have changed!  You can now redeem just $1 if you need to! If you missed it,  the Balance Rewards program is in full swing.  You’ll see many items below that earn points.  I’ve included this quick reference chart here, so you can see the point breakdown.  I’ve deducted the cash equivalent of the point value from the final cost of each item.



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Snap by Groupon: Up to $30 Extra Cash Back! This Weekend Only!



Check your Snap by Groupon offers  (or sign up) this weekend because you can earn an extra $30  Cash Back!

Here’s how:

1. Redeem one or more offers of up to $1 cash back, get 1.5x the cash back.

2. Redeem five or more offers of up to $1 cash back, get 2x the cash back.

3. Redeem ten or more offers of up to $1 cash back, get 3x the cash back.

Additional Details

This offer is limited to cash back offers of up to $1.00.

This bonus credit will be applied to all receipts uploaded between 6/26/2015 and 6/28/2015.

This offer is valid for bonus credit of up to $30 dollars.

Offers may be submitted across multiple receipts

Offer valid in US only.

See FAQ for more information about how our offers work.

This offer is limited to cash back offers of up to $1.00.

This bonus credit will be applied to all receipts uploaded between 6/26/2015 and 6/28/2015.

This offer is valid for bonus credit of up to $30 dollars.

Bonus Credit will be added to account to within 7 days.

Offers may be submitted across multiple receipts

CVS: Freebies & Cheapies 6/28-7/4!


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There are new total purchase ($3/$15, $5/$25, $6/$30) and % off coupons again this week!  If you haven’t, check your email for one from CVS on Thursday!

  Let me know what Big Red coupons you receive and I’ll add them to the matchups! 


General Information

This list is printable!

Here are some easy use notes for you.

You’ll see a check box next to the sale item.  You can check that box and it will add it to your printable list box in the bottom right corner of your screen.  When you’ve added all the items you want to buy to the list, you can click on the *My List* tab to print them.

CVS has also released a new corporate coupon policy.  Make sure you print a copy and take it with you when you shop.  If this is new to you, you can read more about the changes to Buy One Get One Free sales and coupons HERE. 

Keep in mind that CVS ads can be extremely regional.  You may find price variations in the sale items or they may not be on sale in your area at all.

I am now ONLY using online prices in my match-ups. I had been using my actual store prices, but that proved equally frustrating for many people. While I realize that online prices are also frustrating, they’re relatively accurate for some. Since they’re about the same in that regard, it’s easier to use online prices! For new items not yet in their online store, I will continue to use my store prices.

This list includes all the items under $1, most of the ECB deals and many, MANY more.  Because I’m still doing most of the ad,  every link isn’t tested, as I don’t buy everything that’s on sale and I’m too cheap to waste the ink. Let me know if one doesn’t work, if my math has taken a nose dive or I’ve missed a coupon somewhere.

Need more help?  Please send me a message to dontmakemenuts@gmail.com

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