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Date Fri, December 2 2016

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It’s officially December, which means it’s shopping time. Now, some of you may be done, having finished all your gift purchasing on Black Friday or perhaps even before. Good job.

For the rest of us, however, we have most of a month to find those perfect gifts. And this can be more difficult than you might realize. I know. I’m notoriously difficult to shop for!

If you’ve got someone like me on your list, you might be wondering what to buy them. Fear not, however! CustomInk has created their holiday gift guide complete with a quiz to help you figure out just what to buy those hard-to-shop-for people.

Go ahead, click the banner below and get started!

Win $100 to Amazon for the Holidays (Dropprice #Giveaway)

Date Wed, November 30 2016

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Welcome to the Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the PackIt Lunch & Baby Bottle Bags, it started out at $39.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Dropprice $100 Amazon Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Bags and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 12/13/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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$100 Target Giveaway (Dropprice)

Date Thu, November 24 2016

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Welcome to the Dropprice Target $100 Gift Card!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

Dropprice Target $100 Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the Baby Banana Brushes, it started out at $27.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

Dropprice Target $100 Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Brushes and you will be entered to win a $100 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 12/6/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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2016 Black Friday Sales

Date Thu, November 24 2016

Happy Thanksgiving, guys! I hope it’s a good one whether you eat, work, shop or just lounge around like I am. (Hey! Putting this together was far more time-consuming than you’d imagine!).

Like the years past, I’ve curated some of the best Black Friday deals around (Cyber Monday sales will come in just a few days!). I’m posting a day early because so many of these sales start on Thanksgiving Thursday, so not all of them may work right now. Don’t worry, they will!

As always, I’ll earn a commission if you shop through my affiliate links. Thanks for the support!

Jet.com

Jet.com is a retailer with which I have only been familiar during this year. I’ve been an affiliate for even less, but I like the site. They sell grocery items, home decor, and health and beauty stuff, which is how I came across them. You can save 15% on your first order, but they’re pulling out all the stops for Black Friday.

Jet.com

Vanity

Save 50% Off on Black Friday Deals!

Craftsy

Class Offer: $17.99 USD or less on all Craftsy classes
Supplies Offer:

      Up to 70% off Quilting and Sewing project kits & supplies
      Up to 60% off Knitting and Crochet project kits & supplies
      Up to 50% off Cake Decorating project kits & supplies

Dates: Thursday 11/24 (12:01 am MT) – Monday 11/28 (11:59 pm MT)

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Vessel Scents of Style

30% Off Black Friday through Cyber Monday

Juice Beauty

Black Friday Special: Up to 30% off Juice Beauty (Top 17) Skincare and Makeup Bestsellers | Valid until 11:59pm PT 11/25/2016

Pur Cosmetics

20% off sitewide with code HOLIDAY16; free shipping on orders $40+

Checks Unlimited

Free Labels with 2 or 4 Box Order with code KD7F so your labels are FREE!

Pura Vida

50% off entire purchase at Pura Vida Bracelets beginning at 7PM EST on 11/24/16

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WP Engine

5 months free for new customers with code cyberwknd. Ends 11/28

Cyber Weekend Special - 30% off WP Engine

Cricut

An extra 15% off the lowest prices of the season (Cricut Access not included )+ free standard shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.

Stella & Dot

EXTRA 25% Off sale items

TeeFury

30% Off Sitewide! Use Code 30BFD1116. Excludes ODAD & Grab Bag. Valid 11/24-11/27

Redbubble

Get all your geek chic decor, t-shirts and accessories! Perfect gifts for the holidays.

Tea Collection

All favorites are $15 or less!

  • dresses for $15
  • leggings for $10
  • graphic tees as low as $12
  • knit joggers for $15
  • rompers for $15

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Namecheap

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Reebok

Your favorite shoes + sportswear! 50% off the Black Friday collection + 40% off sitewide with code CYBER

 

Cross Country Cafe

20% off your first month when you join our Keurig K-cup coffee of the month club, 5% off every month after that, makes a great gift!

Cents of Style

BLACK FRIDAY DOORBUSTERS! 40% off & FREE SHIPPING w/ Code BACKINBLACK16

Rite Aid


30% Off Regular Retail With Card + Free Shipping on All Orders $34.99+ With Code: BLACKFRIDAY at Rite Aid! Valid 11/20-11/26

Shoebuy

30% off + free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY -live Thursday 11/24 8pm- Saturday 11/26 6am

Modcloth

From 11/23 to 11/27 @ 9 a.m. ET

  • use code FRIDAY40 for 40% off $200+,
  • FRIDAY30 for 30% off $100+, &
  • FRIDAY20 for 20% off EVERYTHING

Minted

Get your holiday cards, address labels and envelopes from the comfort of your own home. Use code BF2016 to save 20%!

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Timex

Take 20% off all orders + Free Shipping on orders $75+ with code BLACKFRIDAY20. Shop now.

Julep

Check out all the Black Friday Deals from Julep.com.

  • Coveted: Twelve of the best and brightest shades from 2016 in one must-have set. $24.99 – Extra 50% off, was $48 ($84 value)
  • The Triple Threat: Unforgettable trios of our most shimmery, festive polishes. $14.99 – was $30 ($42 value)
  • The Perfect Couple: Dreamy pairs of polishes that were made for the holidays. $9.99 – was $40 ($28 value)
  • Just because – Free Gift with $30 Purchase – Julep Mirror Compact (w/code MIRRORMIRROR)Black Friday Early Access

Did I forget your favorite sale? Don’t worry, I’m sure it’s listed on Dealspotr! Check out all their sales and coupon codes for even more savings!

Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse with Chicken & Goat Milk Grain-Free Cat Food Cups

Date Wed, November 23 2016

With a unique, light texture, Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings is a delicious alternative to chunk or pate, and the Savory Mousse, Grain-Free Cat Food Cups are sure to be a feline favorite. This meal provides a source of essential nutrients in a form that’s gentle on tummies and easy to absorb and digest. The convenient cups let you serve it on its own, as a topper for dry food or as a special treat. Multiple choices available.

I don’t normally use product descriptions in my reviews, but product descriptions always make products sound so good, don’t they? I mean, the text above would really sell you on a product.

Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse with Chicken & Goat Milk Grain-Free Cat Food Cups

Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse with Chicken & Goat Milk Grain-Free Cat Food Cups

If you’re a more discerning shopper than I sometimes can be, you might be looking for reviews of Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse with Chicken & Goat Milk Grain-Free Cat Food Cups. That’s why you’re reading this on Reviews by Cole, after all. So let me tell you what I think.

My cats were pretty happy when I got an entire 6 pack of wet food for them. I don’t always keep it around, so it’s a real treat. They’re not picky about flavors. They just love meat (and will even come running when I open a can of soup, ha!). Although, I’m not a big fan of fish, so I opt for other flavors when possible. Chewy Sent me Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse with Chicken & Goat Milk Grain-Free Cat Food Cups to try, well, my cats really.

There’s nothing new about wet food cups; although, these come in disposable plastic cups with a wrapped on top rather than a can. I somewhat prefer wet food that has a “gravy” on it or is broken up. According to the product info, the wet food in these cups has a light texture that’s not chunky (true) or

I somewhat prefer wet food that has a “gravy” on it or is broken up. According to the product info, the wet food in these cups has a light mousse texture that’s not chunky (true) or pate. However, it seems rather thick and solid, so it won’t come out of the cups on its own. If you’re trying to use it as a topper or to split it up between your cats like I do, this is a slight hassle. We’re not talking end-of-the-world stuff. Just a little annoyance.

My cats sure seemed to like this wet food. They fought over it purr usual (see what i did there?) and wolfed it down when the other got his fill. In fact, I think they  ate it so quickly that they often got sick. Goliath rarely gets sick; although, Phantom is more pesky and will chew on plastic and has the occasional hairball. I could almost count on one of my boys getting sick after giving them Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse with Chicken & Goat Milk Grain-Free Cat Food Cups.

I cannot say for sure that this is because they ate too fast or because something about the recipe made their tummies sensitive. You might want to heed this if your kitty has a sensitive stomach. On the other hand, the texture is supposed to be easily digested, so it may just have been a coincidence.

Still, if you’re looking for something that’s grain-free, gluten-free and definitely meaty, you can buy a 6-pack case for under $10 from Chewy to try it out.

I was provided with product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter

Date Tue, November 22 2016

I often try to find something positive about the items I’m reviewing, but maybe that’s not the way to go. Maybe sometimes I just need to say “This sucks.” And this is one of those times.

Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter

Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter

Frisco is not a brand of cat litter that I’d ever heard of before Chewy sent out their monthly email to bloggers like myself. But it can’t hurt to try something new? Ha! (Okay, it didn’t hurt, but it didn’t help, either)

The Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter showered up at my door in a big, heavy box. I normally don’t buy cat litter in 40-pound containers. And if I were, it certainly wouldn’t be in a bag. When I was browsing the product page, a 40-pound bag didn’t seem like a terrible thing, but let me tell ya!

There’s no handle, so holding it is super awkward, as is pouring it. That’s once you get it open. There’s no spout or perforated edge, which would really make this easier. In fact, it would be ingenious if there were both a handle and a resealable opening toware the bottom of the package actually.

There’s not. Nothing about this bag is intuitive, so I clumsily poured it into my cat litter box. Okay. Except.. it was immediately obvious that this is a pretty dusty cat litter. I get get — most clay-based litters are. But this one was noticeably so.

You know what else I noticed? Every time one of my cats used the bathroom. Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter just isn’t any good at covering up poo smells. Gross, right? I mean, everybody poops (there’s even a  book about it!),  cats included, but I don’t want to know every time.

It wasn’t particularly good  at covering up the ammonia scent, which I noticed when I scooped. Although, it did clump okay. After a while, the litter really became cement-like, a problem that I’ve had more in the last few months than ever before.

Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter has a short shelf-life. By that I mean, you’ll know once it’s no good. Nothing will be able to stop the smell of the litter box from permeating your entire home.  So you’ll need to dump the whole thing in the trash and replace it with any other litter. Even nothing at all might be better by that point. Youch.

So what does Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter have going for it? It’s cheap (just $13.15 for the whole bag). If you’re so used to cat box smells and can’t afford anything more, then maybe Frisco Multi-Cat Clumping Cat Litter is for you.

But I don’t think this product is really for any person or their cat.

I was provided with product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

8 Black Friday Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Date Mon, November 21 2016

8 Black Friday Myths You Shouldn't Believe

It’s November, which means it’s that time again: time for good food, football, and Black Friday savings.

For many deal enthusiasts, the good food and football are simply an added bonus to an already exciting month of heavily discounted Black Friday sale items.

But no matter how many Black Fridays you’ve experienced, you probably still have some misconceptions about a few things. Between gossip and the media, there have been a number of myths that have developed over the years that just simply aren’t 100% true.

As a smart shopper, knowing what’s true and what’s exaggerated when it comes to Black Friday is the first step to making smart choices that could end up saving you lots of money.

So here are 8 myths to keep in mind as you gear up for Black Friday this year.

Myth #1: All Black Friday shoppers get amazing deals

You may have realized this, but most Black Friday sales are chock full of “filler” deals that are not-so-shocking, but they sprinkle in just enough “lowest price ever” deals to make it appealing. Retailers are banking on the larger sales bringing you in the store with the hopes that you’ll grab a couple of lesser deals while you’re there.

Don’t get me wrong, you’ll save some money on Black Friday, but the truth is, many people don’t actually end up saving a boatload of money on Black Friday like they think they will.

The key to saving money on Black Friday is to be smart and know where to look for deals, including where to start your search for Black Friday discounts.

Myth #2: You have to prepare for a fight on Black Friday

We’ve all seen the stories in the news of people fighting, breaking things, and even shooting one another all in the name of shopping.

One website that keeps track of Black Friday injuries and deaths shows 7 deaths and 98 injuries on Black Friday since 2006. But look closer into each of the major incidents and you’ll see that a big chunk of the “injuries” were from two police pepper sprayings and other non-shopping incidents like car wrecks. The same is true for deaths attributed to Black Friday. Out of 7 deaths, maybe 1 of them occurred as a result of shopping. The others were related to other things like car wrecks and heart conditions.

The truth is, Black Friday shoppers aren’t as aggressive as the media tends to make them out to be. They’re just normal people trying to save some money. Remember, the media LOVES reporting incidents of violence on Black Friday because it’s entertaining.

Myth #3: Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year

It’s a common misconception that the media has a tendency to jump on, but Black Friday isn’t actually the biggest shopping day of the year. In fact, the biggest shopping day of the year sales-wise is the Saturday before Christmas. Turns out procrastination is more popular than saving money (not that the crowds are any smaller the Saturday before Christmas).

Myth #4: You have to wait in line to get Black Friday deals

If you hate long lines, or you’re not physically capable of fighting the crowds and waiting in line, there’s good news: you can get the same or similar Black Friday deals online. That means you don’t have to wait in line and you don’t have to wait until Cyber Monday either.

Amazon, Kohl’s, Target, and Sears are just a few stores who have their Black Friday deals online now. You still have to plan ahead and get the deals while they’re hot, but you don’t have to fight the traffic, crowds, and lines, and that’s a huge upside.

Myth #5: Shopping Black Friday deals online is easier

Although there are advantages to to shopping Black Friday deals online, there are a few caveats as well. First, items tend to sell out quick. After all, you’re now competing with exponentially more people as opposed to shopping in-store.

Second, websites can get overloaded and crash, and technical difficulties happen. By all means, take advantage of the deals you find online as a part of Black Friday sales, but it may serve you well to try to plan on grabbing a few items in-store just in case.

Myth #6: Higher-end retailers don’t participate in Black Friday

Don’t be fooled into thinking high-end and luxury retailers don’t participate in Black Friday deals. Brands like Apple, Neiman Marcus, and even Mercedes-Benz have been known to get in on the action and offer great deals on Black Friday as well.

Myth #7: Black Friday is killing Thanksgiving

It’s common to hear people complain about how retailers are starting Black Friday earlier and earlier, inching their way into our Thanksgiving holiday, leaving sacred family traditions to suffer from our greed. If you’re being honest, you’d say that’s not true at all.

The truth is, Black Friday deals tend to start later in the day on Thanksgiving, and they don’t infringe on most of our Thanksgiving meals. In fact, other activities like hunting and football are quick to replace time with family, yet no one bats an eye. If you look at Black Friday shopping as another activity to enjoy, it’s not a bad thing. And if you still can’t justify leaving Thanksgiving for Black Friday, do your shopping online. You won’t have to leave and no one will ever know the difference.

Myth #8: Black Friday is great for businesses

Black Friday is often cast as a day in which businesses make tons of money, therefore boosting the economy. In reality, businesses cut profit margins, stress their workforce, and cannibalize sales they would have gotten the rest of the day or weekend. That’s not to say Black Friday isn’t good for businesses, it’s just not the great economic boost some portrait it as.

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