Mother’s Day Shopping Guide

Date Tue, May 9 2017

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching for my fellow Americans, and this post miiight just be a little late if you’ve already picked up your gift. Or it might be right on time if you’re like me and tend to do things a little last minute. Otherwise, save these ideas for your mom’s (or another mother in your life) next birthday or holiday.

for the mom who does it all

  • A gift card for a massage, pedicure or manicure. Give mom 30 minutes to an hour without any responsibility. Pamper her.
  • Bath & body goodies, including lotion and body oil. She might only have a few minutes to herself every day, but she can treat herself with someone that smells and feels great. Skip the big name stores and get her a gift basket from Castle Baths, which features all natural products.
  • Coffee is a great pick-me-up and the ideal gift for the mom in your life who sometimes needs a little boost — or just likes a good, dark roast. Cross Country Cafe sells both ground coffee and coffee pods in flavors such as Dunken Donuts coffee! Check back every Wednesday for awesome sale prices, too!

for the mom who watches too much toddler tv

You know how it goes. The smallest people in the house somehow wind up picking what you watch on TV. When my sister was little, it was all Spongebob and Dora and Bob proving that YES HE CAN. But that gets pretty old for mom, which is why I recommend the following gifts.

  • Amazon Prime subscription so she can watch movies and TV shows made for adults. And if she doesn’t have a smart TV or video game console, the Fire Stick is a cheap and easy way to enjoy Amazon Prime and other content on her TV.
  • An iPod or iPod Touch might seem like a strange gift in the world of smartphone but consider this: having a separate device to listen to music, watch movies or browse YouTube means your phone’s battery isn’t dying. Mom can also choose if she lets her little ones use the device because, let’s face it, many of us do!
  • I’ve actually always thought that smartphones were truly too small to enjoy movies or TVs, so I think a Kindle Fire makes a better gift if you want to give your mom a personal screen. It’s the right size the movies, not to mention reading books or comics, playing games and just playing on the Web. And Amazon has so many options that you’re sure to find one that fits her personality.

for the mom who has a sense of style

“Fashion? Makeup? What’s that?” say all the mommies who have too much to do and so little time to do it in. But once mom can find balance and remember that she loves putting together an outfit or coordinating makeup colors, she loves when someone notices. So giving her one of these gifts might not be a bad idea!

  • A necklace, ring or bracelet might be right up mom’s alley. Perhaps you can get her a set to cherish forever. Vancaro has a great Mother’s Day collection right now featuring hearts and floral motifs (plus, you can get free shipping on everything!). Orogem offers another option, and you can even add a special message to your Mother’s Day jewelry. If you’re not sure, take a look at her current jewelry collection to see what styles she likes.
  • Handbags and accessories can make awesome Mother’s Day gifts if you can determine her style. Stella & Dot sells unique accessories, including scarves, purses, sunglasses and jewelry that are worth checking out. Cents of Style also has a Mother’s Day collection featuring jewelry, hats, shoes and more!
  • Does your mom love nail polish and manicures? Introduce her to premium brands such as Julep, which has a monthly nail and/or beauty subscription box, and Butter London (get a free gift when you spend $50 with code MAY17). Both are brands that I personally own, and both offer makeup, too! For other products, check out Beauty Brands. Don’t forget coupon EC14189 to save $3.50.
  • If she loves makeup, then your mom might like a subscription to Lip Monthly to try out new products. Love Goodly offers cruelty-free beauty and style products and an option to gift your mom a box for her special day.
  • Get mom a hot new outfit to go with all those amazing accessories. Igigi and SWAK Designs (use coupon SASMOM20 to save 20%) cater to plus-sized mamas. If your mom would be proud of you for waiting for sales, check out the clothing and accessories from Jane. The deals change all the time! I can’t forget ModCloth, either, which sells awesome vintage-inspired clothing and accessories. Get free shipping when you spend $150 today.
  • Finish off the look with shoes! The newly-launches Shoes.com is offering 25% off with coupon FLASH17, but if you miss that deal you can still save 20% with coupon SHOESDOTCOM.
Women’s Apron Original Aqua Damask from Flirty Aprons

Women’s Apron Original Aqua Damask from Flirty Aprons

for the mom who cooks

Cue joke about her being one hot momma. I know, it’s terrible. But these Mother’s Day gift ideas are pretty hot!

  • If you want to give your mom a break, then gift her a restaurant gift card to her favorite cafe. You might be surprised to learn that Amazon sells a variety of restaurant gift cards. Of course, you may need to go in person if your mom prefers a local eatery.
  • Now, not every mom would like a kitchen appliance for Mother’s Day. Then again, some would absolutely love it! The Whirlpool outlet store sells new products at discount prices, so mom can have a new double wall oven or microwave to make things a little easier in the kitchen! Best Buy offers appliances and tech from a variety of brands, too. Use coupon SAVEONSMALLS to take 20% off small appliances.
  • An apron doesn’t sound like a great gift, but Flirty Aprons sells these adorable aprons — like the one to the right — that your mom might just love. If your dad is a grill master, you can stop back next month to pick up a different style for him!

for the mom who keeps track of every appointment

Let’s face it, the only option for this category is a smartphone. Mom needs it to keep track of meetings at work, doctor appointments, sleepovers and recitals, just to name a few. Now, phones can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. A certified and pre-owned phone from Gazelle makes a great gift without breaking the bank — and you can turn in her old phone for cash back, too! Check out the Apple and Samsung models.

for the mom with a creative streak

Is Mom an artist? Or maybe she needs to be reminded of her talent. You’ve got options!

  • Scrapbooking tools are fun and if your mom likes technology, she’ll love the Cricut Air, a cutting machine that’s perfect for making decals, stickers and paper goods for scrapbooks, home decor, invitations and even planners.
  • Arts and craft classes sound like a weird gift, but I think Craftsy’s classes would actually be ideal if mom wants to learn how to sew or brush up on her photography skills. You’ll need to set her up an account. Or you could  take a class to make her a cake from scratch!

for the mom on the run

Excuse my play on words here. But if the mom in your life is active, then she might appreciate the following gifts.

As always, flowers, chocolates and an “I love you” are more than most moms really want from their children. I personally know several Moms who proudly feature a canvas family photo on their walls, which is why it’s my last recommendation on this list. TinyPrints is a great company to create your own canvas prints — or put your photos on other items — and you can save 30% today with code SPRINGSALE.

 

Canvas Art - Beyond Lovely - 8x10 Gallery Wrapped Canvas - 1 QTY. Color: Pink

Beyond Lovely – 8×10 Gallery Wrapped Canvas from TinyPrints

Man, this is one long post. I think it’s a good one, though. You don’t have much time to shop, however, so make sure you get on it at soon as you finish reading!

How To: Two-Tone Tips [Nail Polish Tutorial]

Date Thu, May 4 2017

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Step 1: Apply one coat of your base color to each nail and let dry completely.

Step 2: Use the Plie Wand Creativity Kit striping brush and a secondary color to draw a line across each nail.

Step 3: Fill in below each line with the secondary color. Apply your top coat (we love the Oxygen Performance Top Coat and the Freedom Polymer Top Coat ) and you are done!

Want everything to recreate this manicure look and many more?

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After you join Julep, you’ll get a box of gorgeous and good-for-you beauty, nail, or skincare products delivered to your door every month. Julep offers the only full-size and fully-customizable beauty box out there, so you get what you want every month!

NOTE: Offer valid while supplies last. The 12-piece nail polish gift is valid with the purchase of a Beauty Box Monthly Subscription. 100% satisfaction guaranteed. All plans auto-renew on the 27th of the month. Cancel your membership anytime by calling customer service at 1-877-651-3292. Offer may not be combined with any other promotional offer or discount. Limit one gift per household. No exchanges or returns are possible on 12-piece nail polish gift set or individual items. Estimated full retail value is at least $168. Taxes vary by location.

 

Win $300 in Gift Cards (Target, Amazon, Walmart) Ends 5/9

Date Wed, May 3 2017

Gift Card Giveaway

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Did you guys like the last giveaway that offered multiple chances to win gift cards from three different retailers? If so, you’re going to love this giveaway, which is the same concept! Compete to win gift cards from Target, Amazon and Walmart using Dropprice. What’s that? Glad you asked!

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.

In today’s promotion for the Chewable Necklace, it started out at $34.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

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 Necklace 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 5/9/2017; 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.

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What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Date Tue, May 2 2017

You’re probably familiar with XKCD, a surprisingly smart Webcomic that frequently touches on subjects such as science and math with humor. If you’re a fan of the comic, the subjects it touches on, the art style or perverting science in humorous ways, I’d like to introduce you to What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

This book is the work of XKCD creator Randall Munroe. What If? uses Munroe’s familiar art style, panels and all, the illustrate the scientific answers to absurd questions such as “What would happen if we inserted a funnel into Earth’s oceans and drained all the water to Mars?” or “Could you strap a bunch of guns aimed at the ground to your body to use as a rocket booster and achieve liftoff?”.

Now, I like science. But I’ve never been a huge fan of XKCD. I don’t know why. Perhaps I just prefer my science to come in the form of books or podcasts or TV series. It might be that the stick figure design doesn’t really do it for me. Or perhaps I just wasn’t exposed to the right XKCD panels to become a rabid fan like so many are. But that doesn’t matter. Because I love this book!

What If? gives Munroe the space to show his humor, not just in a few panels, but page after page. The text is broken up with comics to help illustrate, but it’s Munroe’s words that really pulled me in — and had me laughing out loud on a train full of people. Munroe also includes footnotes, typically hilarious and sometimes alarming, at the end of each answer section.

The following is a perfect example of how Munroe uses his humor, from the online home of What If?

Blue whales, which are even larger than humans,[citation needed] would presumably fare even worse.

You don’t need to be heavily invested in science to understand the answers in this book, either. What If? is a light read. I started it the night before leaving for a trip and completed it mostly on a train and airplane. Some of the questions are answered in just a few pages while others require a few more. This makes it the perfect book to read in waiting rooms and taxis in my opinion.

Munroe calls in experts to answer questions about space, radioactive materials, physics and more, so you trust the answers. But you can also tell when some of the answers might not be 100% accurate because we simply cannot replicate the experiment. Munroe will sometimes respond to the basic premise of a question, which doesn’t really work but expand on how it could work. This post is a great example of that. It’s a bit like Mythbusters, only entirely more ridiculous.

This is probably because all of the questions answered in What If? were submitted by Munroe’s readers. And he picked which to answer, publishing the name of the questioner and sometimes responding to them directly. Some of the questions made it into the book in mini sections that Munroe responded to with only comic panels — and sometimes single-word answers.

You can also read answers to more questions and see if you like Munroe’s style of answering them online. Check out What If? on the XKCD site. I’ll actually be going through the archives because I can’t get enough of this book.

If you’re already a fan, I recommend buying What If? directly (here’s the Amazon link), or seeing if your library has an e-book available, which is how I read What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Date Mon, May 1 2017

I’ve been watching Parks and Recreation for the second time (nearly finished, actually). I appreciate the show more now than I did my first run though, I think. Although, I did and still do see much of myself in the main character, Leslie Knope. Leslie is played by SNL veteran, feminist, and comedienne Amy Poehler, so I figured I’d give her memoir a go.

Yes Please is more of a conversation than a memoir. In it, Poehler tells us how she fell in love with comedy (in Chicago, NY and LA, respectively). She talks about her young life, life as a struggling artist and her more recent successes. Through it all, Amy seems real. In fact, after reading this book, I wouldn’t approach Amy on the streets because I know how odd celebrity is for her.

Amy’s just a person. Like so many of us, she’s experimented with drugs, went through awkward fashion phases, lived in crappy apartments, doubted herself and found comedy in all parts of life. In her book, Amy’s honest about her divorce from Will Arnett, but she never delves into the gory details. And perhaps that is where Yes Please fails as a book, even if Amy excels as an actress, writer, and comedienne.

There are few parts of Ms. Poehler’s life that are really exciting. Or perhaps she’s grounded enough that she makes her life seem mundane. The few areas where she could expand on the drama remain a blank space. I can respect that decision.

But the result is a bit bland. Sure, she’s funny and witty and relatable and honest, but Amy Poehler’s book is a little lackluster. It’s just too normal. Too ordinary.

It’s certainly not what I would expect from an extraordinary woman. Of course, some people choose to keep their private lives private and their demons tucked away where they can be managed out of the spotlight. Again, I get it. I’m just not sure why Poehler decided to write a memoir that doesn’t delve into juicy details despite that being part of the book’s description.

I enjoy what Poehler brings to the screen, both as actor and writer. I think I’d like having a coffee date with her. She seems like an enjoyable person. But Yes Please wasn’t something that I derived much enjoyment from due to its normalcy.

Although I don’t think this is a competition between Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I think Fey’s memoir was funnier and made more points, perhaps because Tina was a bit more raw than her peer was able to be in this book.

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson

Date Fri, April 28 2017

For years, my sister has been raving about the Ascendance Trilogy, a series of fantasy books for young adults. She first read them a few years ago (right around the time that the books came out), so I am definitely out of the ideal demographic as a nearly 31-year-old woman, but I wanted to read my sister’s favorite book to see what’s up.

The False Prince is the first in the trilogy, and it’s an easy ready that won’t take much time or effort.

We started with young Sage, a teenager who has been living in an orphanage for a few years. Sage’s life is turned upside down when a lower nobleman, Connor, shows up to collect Sage and bring him back to Connor’s estate for a secret plan.

As we read, we discover that the Connor’s plan is to plant one of the three orphans as the long-lost prince to take over control of the country after the royal’s family recent murder.

Connor is tight-lipped about who killed the monarchs, what happened to the real prince Jaron several years ago or even what will happen to the two orphan boys who Connor doesn’t choose to be the false prince.

Sage is quick to see through the nobleman’s lies and figure out his plan. Our main character also wastes no time when it comes sticking up for the less fortunate. And did I mention that Sage has a secret of his own — and it’s a whopper?

The False Prince might be a fun introduction to fantasy for the younger readers, and it certainly sets the up the rest of the series. Hopefully, we see more character development in this books. Sage is a character who is supposed to be interesting but isn’t necessarily likable, and we’re supposed to like him.

Jennifer Neilsen, the author, certainly isn’t the least talented writer whose words have graced the page. But I prefer high fantasy where more happens and, perhaps more importantly, stories that aren’t quite so cliched and twist that aren’t so easy to guess.

Most of this might just be that The False Prince isn’t intended for adults, and that’s fair. I still get to share knowledge of my sister’s favorite book and series, and that made it worth my time. If you’re encouraging a tween or teen reader to get into longer books, The False Prince might be right up their alley.

 

Become a Stella & Dot Stylist, Get $650 in Fashion Accessories

Date Wed, April 19 2017

Hey folks! If you’re into fashion, accessories, and jewelry and you’re looking for a way to discover new trends, perhaps introduce them to other people and make money from it all, this is the post for you!

This post is on behalf of Stella & Dot, a woman-friendly fashion accessory company that relies on fashionistas like you to act as stylists and introduce friends and family to products that the brand makes and sells. Take a look at their website, and you’ll see all the scarves, bags, jewelry and other accessories that your friends will be clamoring for. And you can get a leg up simply by becoming a stylist.

If this sounds up your alley, I’ve got great news! It’s never been a better time to sign up to become a Stella & Dot because you’ll get up to $650 in free accessories — nearly double the normal amount for new stylists!

All you need to do is sign up now and generate $1,000 worth of sales in the first 30 days to earn that $650 in product. What a great deal.

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