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10+ Items You Have to Snag During Back to School Shopping

Date Thu, July 21 2016

I don’t have kids, so I don’t view back-to-school shopping like some people do. It seems like you’re either fully prepared and know where to get the greatest deals, including Amazon Basics for some products, or you’re running around last minute because you forgot this or that — and your little ones aren’t pleased anyway. Ha!

I’m lucky that I don’t have to compete with parents, but I do find that back-to-school time is perfect for stocking up on certain things, especially household storage. Those plastic cards that are so convenient, baskets and large totes are among them. Although, you can score a good deal if you wait until after Halloween or Christmas for some of those items, you’re usually stuck with holiday themed options.

Speaking of color, back to school time is the best time to get bright and colorful housewares. My friend Dez loves stuff like this, so whenever I see a vibrant cookware set, I always think of her! I’m not sure why people who aren’t living in dorms wouldn’t want to buy those things, too, but at least you can get them at some point!

Another thing I find that’s great to buy now is bedding sets, especially the all-in-one sets. If you’re looking for some new sheets and a comforter at a good price, now’s the time to hit up your favorite big box store. I know I just saw a bunch of options at Walmart, and several of them were reversible.

On the same trip, I saw that my favorite stick vac was on sale. I’m on my second one, now, and will eventually replace it. I could buy another and keep it stored until I need it at prices like these.

There were so many other things that just seem so cheap right now:

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    Back to school — not just for kids!


  2. Lamps
  3. Computers
  4. Laptop cases
  5. Desks
  6. Batteries
  7. Bean bags and portable seating (great for video gaming!)
  8. Kitchen appliances
  9. Cables
  10. Lamps

and the list goes on and on.

I haven’t yet purchased anything, but I’ve had a good look at Walmart. I’m excited to see what Target has, too! Do you keep an eye out for anything during this shopping season that I might have missed? Let me know in the comments!

ModCloth Review It to Win Sale + a Contest!

Date Sun, July 17 2016

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Ready for some fashion fun? Starting July 17th, ModCloth will host a Review It to Win It Contest! If you’ve placed an order between 5/1 and 7/15, leave a product review including #ReviewContest, and you’ll have a chance to win a $250 gift certificate. But, that’s not all — from July 18th to July 22nd, ModCloth’s Sale on Sale event will be heating things up. Take an extra 40% sale items using code TOOHOT. Now, that’s exciting!

Deal: Last Chance Sale Event – Additional 40% Off
Start: Monday 7/18 @ 9 am EST
End: Friday 7/22 @ 9 am EST
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Contest: Review It to Win It Contest
Start: Sunday 7/17 @ 10 am EST
End: Friday 7/22 @ 10 am EST
Prize $250 Gift Card

Celebrate Christmas in July with Cricut

Date Sat, July 16 2016

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It may be warm out (actually, we’ve got a wonderful break from the humidity this weekend, score!), but that doesn’t mean you can’t think about Christmas. In fact, I know some companies host their Christmas parties in July. Even if that’s not your company, it’s great to keep an eye out for gifts now and catch them on sale before prices — and demand — goes up closer to the holidays.

Might I suggest Cricut? I’ve written about them in the past. They’re a company that makes cutting machines perfect for all your holiday crafts, including decor and cards! You can make ornaments or add your family photo to the scrapbook with embellishments made on the Cricut machine. Want to try your hand at gift boxes? Yup, you can try that, too! You can check out their website to get ideas for projects.

Cricut would make an excellent gift for the crafty folks on your shopping list, too.

What are you waiting for? Check out Cricut’s Christmas in July sale!


Friskies Pull N Play Cat Treat Toy

Date Fri, July 15 2016

My cats like foraging toys. I’ve bought some, and I’ve even reviewed another similar toy in the past. I don’t really need more than one, but it’s handy to have one. It allows your kitties to get treats, use their predator instincts and burn off some energy. Win, win!

My sister actually bothered me for weeks to buy my cats the Friskies Pull N Play Cat Treat Toy. Mom bought one for her cat, who seemed to like it. So I’d seen it in person before it came available to review from Chewy, and I just knew I had to try it out! It’s an adorable green-and-white mouse that looks a bit alien once you add the snack strings (more on those below).

Now, most foraging toys are essentially weighted balls with a big hole for putting in treats and a small one that your cat uses to get the treats out. Friskies comes with a bag of Party Mix treats, which my cats have already enjoyed in the past. They work well in the container, which screws apart. The hole in the Pull n Play Toy is quite large, so you could use a variety of treats if you had something else on hand.

What makes this different is the two holes in the top where you insert two string-like treats. A resealable sample pack comes with 6 or 8 Chicken & Cheese flavored Pull ‘n Play strings, which kind of remind me of the pullable Twizzlers. Note that I have to store treats in the fridge so my boys won’t scarf them down, and the snack strings will dry out if not completely sealed. This makes it hard to pull them apart without breaking.

So you stick the snack strings in top and regular treats in the bottom.. then let your cats go!

Phantom always hoards the treats as you can see in this video. He goes after the regular treats, first. But when he’s done, he’ll nom on the snack strings.

Interestingly enough, we had played with the toy 3 or 4 times before I finally saw him eat any of the strings. He would leave the toy alone all day then come back at night to eat them, I guess. What a weirdo!

Of course, you’ll need to buy the snack sticks separately from regular treats if you want to replace them, and Chewy sells them for under $3. However, you could skip that part if your cat didn’t like them.

I would actually like to see a slightly smaller hole in the toy. The treats spill out pretty easily, and it’s not as challenging to my cats as some similar toys, which is really the point of a foraging toy.

But the cats still like the Friskies Pull N Play Treat Toy, so what do I know? LOL!

I received this product from Chewy in exchange for my honest opinion.

I Won!

Date Mon, July 11 2016

Thanks to everyone who made a purchase when I shared a Butter London coupon on Facebook, Twitter and Dealspotr. It was part of a contest to be a brand advocate. I didn’t really think i had a chance at winning but, as it turns out, I won!

I will receive new products from the brand until the end of the year, including their new awesome eyeshadow, Glazen.

#GLAZENeyegloss // ✨💫 exclusively available for 48 hours on ahead of our august launch. click the link in the bio to be among the first to own our amazing new eye gloss! make sure to check out our snapchat this afternoon for a live swatch and in depth look at each colour (butterlondonhq).

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I’ll be writing reviews on this blog and posting photos and maybe even videos on Facebook and Twitter!

Isn’t that exciting?

You guys totally made it happen!

Win a trip to the LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and a prize package worth more than $3,500!

Date Thu, July 7 2016

Little Passports is partnering with the LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and Southwest Vacations to give away a family vacation that’s #builtforkids!

One Grand Prize Winner will enjoy:

  • A 2-night stay for 4 people at the LEGOLAND® Florida Hotel.
  • A family four-pack of tickets, good for use at the LEGOLAND® Florida Theme Park + the LEGOLAND® Florida Water Park.
  • Round trip air travel for 4 people via Southwest Airlines® to Orlando (MCO) compliments of Southwest Vacations®.
  • (2) 12-month Little Passports subscriptions.

This Sweepstakes ends on July 31st 2016! Enter the Little Passports and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort Sweepstakes today!

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Facebook Notifications for Your Online Shopping

Date Wed, July 6 2016

The other day I placed an order with DazzlePro. I wanted some replacement heads and a travel charger for my toothbrush — check out my review here. Remember, with code DAZCOLE, you can save 60% on everything on the site. I checked out, and everything went well. I received an email but I also received a Facebook message, I think because I was signed in to my Facebook account.

This message included a confirmation as well as a notice about upcoming information, including tracking number. I’ve never experienced this before and thought it was pretty neat albeit surprising. It appears this is a feature of Shopify, which DazzlePro uses to power their store.

Below is a screenshot of the message.

Tracking information and order confirmation via Facebook