Fresh Thyme Opens in Dayton!

The Dayton area will be getting a handful of stores moving into the neighborhood. It includes a few more options in food stores like Fresh Thyme. Have you been to Fresh Thyme? The Dayton/Centerville, Ohio location just opened up this past week and it seems to be making quite a splash.

Fresh Thyme combines the spirit of a farmer’s market with the convenience of a neighborhood store. Fresh Thyme’s mission is to improve the way our communities eat by offering fresh and healthy food at amazing values, in a fun and vibrant store with friendly faces.

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Fresh Thyme centers their stores around their fresh fruits and vegetables which is locally sourced as seasonally available. Organic items are from certified growers and everything is freshly picked and delivered straight to the store. Thanks to building relationships with their growing partners, Fresh Thyme is able to buy direct from farms to the best quality and price. They also have:

  • Natural meat, raised without hormones
  • Seafood flown in daily
  • Hearty breads and delicious treats from local artisan bakeries and hot out of our ovens
  • Healthy meals made in our kitchens which are ready to eat on the run
  • Barrels full of natural and organic bulk foods
  • Locally roasted organic coffee beans
  • Aisles of nutritious and delicious groceries
  • Earth-friendly cleaning supplies
  • Specialty foods
  • Gluten-free and dairy-free options
  • Whole department filled with vitamins, supplements and pure body care products.


I am personally weirdly excited about the bulk foods area and can’t wait to be able to check out the different items available without having to buy whole bags of things for 1 or 2 recipes I want to try. Speaking of recipes, Fresh Thyme has some tasty looking ones on their website here.


Now here is where the “want to get a deal” side of me comes out. Fresh Thyme Dayton/Centerville has Double Ad Wednesdays! Their weekly ads come out on Wednesdays and run for 8 days which means, for one day a week, both ads are current giving you the most bang for your shopping buck. It’s like going twice a week on one day. Twice the ads means twice the deals in the store.

Check out Fresh Thyme’s current weekly ad and make a plan to stop by on Wednesday soon. You can also keep up with Fresh Thyme on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. #FreshThyme


**I was compensated for this post but all opinions are my own. Domesticating Michelle is not responsible for any pricing or advertisements by Fresh Thyme and does not have any official affiliation with Photos provided by Fresh Thyme.**

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Black Friday Deals 2014

A roundup of some Black Friday deals. Some of these are affiliate links, so I’d love if you checked them out while crossing items off your holiday shopping list. Enjoy!










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Crazy 8

For a limited time, everything is 30% off at Crazy 8, including markdowns. 11/25-11/26. While supplies last.

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Karina Dresses

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From 11/28 to 12/1, you can take 40% off of the the entire Karina Dresses web store with the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.


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OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent Review

I recently received a free bottle of OxiClean™ Extreme Power Crystals™ Dishwasher Detergent to try out from Smiley360.

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I thought it worked great. I only filled the detergent cup halfway and got sparkling clean dishes and glasses. We decided to roast a turkey breast for dinner to use the leftovers in other dishes and also made cornbread casserole. I only rinsed the pans with water and OxiClean took care of the rest. Turkey grease gone from everything. While it was at it, it looks like the Extreme Power Crystals cleaned the inside of the dishwasher, too while leaving behind a light lemon scent.

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Inspired Family Dinners – Cookware & Cookbook Giveways


Family dinners are a must in our house. We try to eat together at least one meal a day and most weeks it is only 1-2 days a week that we don’t have at least one together a day. It’s a time to talk with no television, a chance to try new foods, and I love when the evenings that we just end up laughing and joking around.

While we have many meals based on staples from the freezer and pantry, we do try to have themed meals when we can. This is an easy Ratatoullie recipe we came across a few years ago and is a great side with lots of veggies but not a lot of effort.

Easy Ratatouille

  • 1/2 eggplant
  • 1 small red bell pepper
  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2-3 cloves or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1, 15 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Prep and cut vegetables into 1/2 inch cubes.
  2. Heat oil in sauté pan on medium heat. Heat oil. Add garlic.
  3. Add vegetables and oregano, cooking for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Stir in tomatoes with liquid, season with slat and pepper, cover and reduce to low heat. Stir occasionally for 15 minutes.

Domesticating Michelle has two French cookbooks to inspire your next family meal. Both cookbooks are from Williams-Sonoma, French and Crème Brulee (ARV $34), sure to put you in the mood to enjoy a French inspired movie afterwards. Enter to win this self sponsored giveaway at the link below. (Be sure to keep scrolling for more links to other giveaways!)

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Part of staying at home right now means tightening the belt where finances are concerned. Between my husband and I there are 3 sets of parents, 4 siblings and 8 nieces and nephews. Then there is the two of us and our daughter and everyone has birthdays on top of the gift giving holidays throughout the year.

Whenever I possibly can, I try to find the best deals to stretch our gift giving dollars. One way is to take advantage of coupon codes and websites that provide lists of them to all my favorite stores. I was recently asked to review and went for a look at what I could find for all the moms for Mother’s Day.

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I love photo gifts, especially for the grandmas, and found codes for Shutterfly, Snapfish and Tiny Prints. Sites like would be perfect for my mother-in-law, Bath & Body Works for my Mom and Kohl’s for my stepmom. I like that this is also a great way to discover sites that you may have missed like Coffee of Hawaii.

I’m already looking ahead to my next anniversary. I always get my husband a “traditional” wedding anniversary gift, like a cast iron skillet for our sixth anniversary. Could a wool scarf be in his future for next year? I doubt we’ll live in Florida forever. These from could be as low as $12.75 with a current coupon code.

They also reward you for submitting coupon codes with their Pays-2-Share Program. Every time someone uses a coupon you’ve uploaded, Coupon Chief will give you 2% of the sales via check or PayPal! This is something I am definitely going to try to start doing.

They also have Coupons-4-Causes where you can help support your favorite cause every time you shop. Just use their coupons for your online shopping, and they’ll donate up to 20% of the purchase to your favorite charity, school, or church.

Coupon Chief is worth a look next time you’re shopping online and could be a great fundraising or extra income opportunity.

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Valentine’s Day 2012

Even though I knew it was coming, Valentine’s Day still kind of snuck up on me. Mostly because I didn’t really think I was going to do anything for it but in the last coupe of days before it, I decided why not celebrate a little?

I decided I wanted to try to take some Valentine’s-ee pictures of Kelsey. I had a hand-me-down dress that fit Kelsey but wasn’t overly hearts and pink. Someone was giving away baskets on freecycle so I spray painted one white. I was tidying up some stuff in my craft area and came across a couple bunches of red carnations left over from a project a couple of years ago. I saw a little heart garland in the background of someone’s picture that I thought was cute.

Let the Valentine’s decor begin!

I picked up a couple of sheets of felt from Walmart, cut into fourths, then cut out hearts. I then cut slits into the hearts to run the ribbon through, which I already had. I stuck a few nails in the fence out back to hang them from. I put the flowers in the basket, put Kelsey in the middle of it and started snapping away. I have found that keeping her in one spot works best if I give her things to play with.

After the shoot, I hung the hearts around the living room and the flowers turned into a door decoration. I picked up a half ball of floral foam, tied ribbon around it to hang it from and just stuck the blooms into the foam. Viola!

For my husband, I took advantage of a free personalized card from Tiny Prints and I decided to make something yummy. Most importantly, I finally found a use a heart pie baker we got for our wedding almost 6 years ago!

I followed the directions to make this No Crust Strawberry Pie I found through The Frugal Girls. However, instead of whipped topping, we heated up and drizzle some dark chocolate topping over our servings. Who doesn’t love chocolate and strawberries?

I gave Kelsey a couple of treats in the morning. I picked up a box of Sweethearts on sale and got a heart lollipop from a wedding I went to last week. She promptly turned the candy into a shaker and proceeded to swat the dog with the lollipop.

Since my husband stil had his regular, into the middle of the night work hours, we got the idea to go to IHOP for breakfast.

In the afternoon, it was girls time at the mall. I picked up my free, travel-size, Signature Collection item from Bath & Bodyworks from their facebook promotion and then picked up an Icedream from Chik-fil-A, soft serve with pink sprinkles! Kelsey had a few nibbles, the child won’t drink milk or eat cheese or yogurt but she likes ice cream.

We both worked off our treat on the playground – Kelsey by climbing up everything and me by having to carry her down off of everything. She’s still not too sure about getting off items but she’s starting to gain an appreciation for slides. Here she is giving the dolphin a kiss!

Earlier in the day, my husband gave me a card and a box of Zombie Bonbons – chocolate with cherry brains – and picked up a copy of Breaking Dawn from Redbox, free one night rental through their facebook promotion. I had a MacDill Enlisted Spouses Club meeting but once we got home and I got Kelsey to bed, I was able to finally watch it. Yes, I’m a little bit of a Twilight dork.

All in all, it was a pretty good (and relatively cheap) Valentine’s Day! I hope you had a good one, too.

Here’s a few more pictures, I can’t help myself.

What Can You Do with a Can of Tomato Soup?

While picking up some photos (most were free with a promo code!), I fell for a little “splurge” sale item today at Walgreens. Campbell’s Condensed Tomato Soup (10.75 oz) for $.59 each with in ad coupon (there is supposed to be a coupon in SS 9/11/11 and 10/2/11 but sadly my coupons are not organized at this point in time and I couldn’t find it). Here’s the thing though, I hate Tomato Soup and they were out of the Chicken Noodle. Only paying $.59 for each can, I figured if nothing else I would have something to give next time there was a food drive.

After thinking about it, I decided to check out to see if there was anything I could make using the soup. I didn’t know there were so many options!

I’m thinking Grandma’s Easy Shells for the next MacDill Enlisted Spouses Club meeting.

This American Pork Rice Dish would be an easy one-dish meal and uses things we usually have on hand.

I’ve got everything in the kitchen already for Mom’s Easy French Dressing – I love French dressing but for some reason haven’t had it in forever.

Hmm… that’s already using all three cans. I think I’m going to have to go back for more!

Easy Tomato and Eggplant Soup (hit the farmers market for the eggplant) would be good with some homemade croutons. This Very Quick and Easy Tuna Casserole is another potential potluck item, I would add some Italian spice mix and, hey, canned tuna is on sale at Walgreens this week, too! Finally, Shipwreck Stew for the crockpot; it’s a little heavy on the onion for our tastes but great with the cooler weather starting to come in.

That is already four more cans. Yep, I see another run to Walgreens this week. Maybe I can find that darn coupon.