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An AMAZING (And FREE) 6-12 Grade School with FREE College Tuition

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you already know I work as a teacher/school counselor at Connecticut River Academy in East Hartford, CT. I’ve worked at several Connecticut schools from rural to city; I can honestly say Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) is the best school at which I’ve ever been a staff member. Classes are small, the staff is caring, the student body is extremely diverse, and we pride ourselves on really getting to know our kids.

Connecticut River Academy is a magnet school focused on the themes of advanced manufacturing and environmental sciences. We are located on the campus of Goodwin University and enjoy many benefits because of our affiliation. For example, students who do well academically can take college classes at Goodwin for free. Many of our high school seniors graduate with not only a high school diploma but also with up to 35 college credits that are transferable to almost all colleges and universities. That’s an enormous savings considering the huge expense of college.

We also have a state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing facility. Students can explore how current advancements in technology will shape the future of our planet with advanced manufacturing. Working hands-on with cutting-edge equipment and high-tech machinery such as 3-D printers and robotics, students gain experience in technologies including advanced manufacturing, engineering, and logistics.

Although CTRA is located in East Hartford, ANYONE from Connecticut can attend – for FREE. We have students from about 50 different towns and cities across the state. Transportation is worked out with your local municipality, so you don’t even have to worry about that.

I could actually go on for many pages about how wonderful CTRA is and why you should send your child here. I wish this year would support touring our programs, but unfortunately, it’s not to be. However, please visit our website and have a look around. You can also register for virtual tours and open house events. In addition, I’m happy to answer any questions you may have! Just leave me a comment or send an email to gjuliano@ctriveracademy.org. All applications for enrollment must be received by February 28, 2021.

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Recall for Cottonelle Wipes for Bacteria Contamination

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If you’ve purchased Cottonelle wipes you need to check and see if they are part of a recall for bacteria contamination! Cottonelle has recalled specific lots of Cottonelle Flushable Wipes and Cottonelle GentlePlus Flushable Wipes manufactured between February 7, 2020 – September 14, 2020. 

The bacteria is called Pluralibacter gergoviae. According to Cottonelle it rarely causes serious infections in healthy individuals. However, individuals with weakened immune systems are at a heightened risk of infection.

You can check if your Cottonelle wipes packages are part of the recall HERE and submit for refunds! 



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Happy Thanksgiving From Gina’s Kokopelli


Here we are, folks: Thanksgiving, 2020. It’s been a heck of a crummy year, yet I still have things for which I am thankful. Sure, I could focus on all the poopy things that happened this year. However, I choose to focus on the positive:

  • I have my health.
  • I have a job I love.
  • My family and friends are safe.
  • My four-legged fur babies give me all the cuddles.
  • My dad had hip surgery and all went well.
  • My mother-in-law came through her heart surgery with flyer colors.
  • I’ve lost 40 pounds and fit into my size 8 clothes again.
  • And . . . . . .

You, my readers, have stayed the course with me! It’s been ten years since I started posting freebies and deals on Gina’s Kokopelli. Here’s to another ten more! Happy Thanksgiving!



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What Do You Need Me To Look For This Holiday Season?

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There is an amazing barrage of deals and sales coming at me on a daily basis. I sort and sift and make decisions on what you might want to see. However, my opinions aren’t always on target, so I need your help. What would you like me to look for this holiday season? What are you hoping to find on sale? What do you need a good deal on? I will do my best to post what YOU need and want. Please leave a comment for me! I’m only as good as the information I receive.



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Email Subscribers Please Read!!!

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Well I really messed up! The service I use to generate and deliver my daily emails to you was bought by Google a while back. Apparently, I missed all the emails telling me to migrate my feed over to the new system before January, 2020 or I would lose access to it. I’ve had to create an entirely new feed, and I have to have you all sign up again! Gah! And to make matters worse, I have no idea if the old one is still going to generate a feed!

Sooooo, if you would still like to see a daily email of everything I post, please GO HERE and sign up.


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Free Sample of AgSafe Pond-Pearls

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Making Dinner with Limited Ingredients

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With grocery stores running out of basics and the need to keep closer to home, we will be required to use creativity to feed our families. Thankfully, we couponers have a stockpile to fall back on. However, even we run out of the fresh stuff.

Although we are creative people, sometimes we need inspiration. (What DO I do with a can of corn, chicken breast, olives, and rice???) You can use the following websites to help you make delicious meals with whatever you have at home. These sites take the guesswork out of putting basic ingredients together to create a meal. Please let me know what you come up with!


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Sad News – Please Read

I was just notified the coupon database I use on my site has gone from costing $8 per month to $40. Considering I already pay $60 each month for hosting my site and another $30 per month for state fees, taxes, etcetera, there’s absolutely no way I can pay the additional $32 per month to keep the database up and running. I just don’t make enough. I try very hard to have Gina’s Kokopelli cost me nothing but time, and that’s why I do use advertising and affiliate links; however, to add an additional $32 per month just won’t be possible. I hope you understand.


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Free Sample of Planters Choice Bamboo Plant Markers

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Free Coffee Grounds for Your Garden at Starbucks

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Starbucks offer free coffee grounds to gardeners with their Grounds for Your Garden Program!

Stop by your local participating Starbucks and pick up a free pre-packaged bag of used coffee grounds to enrich your gardens and compost. These bags can usually be found in a bin or container near the entrance of the store. *Note: Pre-packaged bags of Grounds for Your Garden may not be available in all stores, so be sure to check with your barista or call ahead.

Go HERE  for more details.

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