Friday, November 30, 2012

Random Friday

     Now that Thanksgiving is over, I am really excited to begin decorating for Christmas. I can't wait to have a Christmas tree in this house (though I am praying that Owen will not be tempting to climb it or knock it down or unwrap every present underneath). This weekend, I'm hoping we can get a tree and begin unpacking all our other decorations. Tim was really sweet last week and put up our icicle lights on the house on Black Friday while I was shopping. We need a wreath for the front door since the ornament wreaths that I made last year didn't survive the move and maybe some garland and ribbons and then our outside with me finished too. And speaking of shopping, I am almost done with all our Christmas shopping already. I took advantage of a lot of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and we also had a couple presents that we bought earlier this year. Other than getting into the Christmas spirit, the other big event going on this weekend is....

1. SEC Championship

      Our college alma mater, The University of Georgia, is playing in the Southeastern Conference Football Championship tomorrow and we will be parked in front of the TV to watch the Bulldogs play. As Owen would say, "Yay football!" Whoever wins this game will play Notre Dame in the national championship. The game will air on CBS at 4 p.m. I am even making our dinner in the slow cooker so I don't have to miss anything while preparing it. Tim and I have a tradition (starting when we were dating in college) where we kiss after each touchdown Georgia scores. Here's hoping we have a full-on make-out session tomorrow!

2. What I'm reading now. 

       I am currently reading "The Light Between Oceans" by M.L. Stedman. Here's a synopsis from Amazon: "After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherborne returns to Australia and takes a job as a lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock... After two miscarriages and a stillbirth, his grieving wife Isabel hears a baby's cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby... Against Toms judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them." So far the backstory is making it hard to really get into the book, but the brief introduction where they find the baby has me really interested to see the story unfold. 

3. Get paid to shop!

       I know I am probably totally behind when it comes to sites like Ebates, but for the three or four of you out there who have no idea what I'm talking about, this is for you. The site that I'm signed up with is Ebates and it basically pays you back a portion of the money you spend buying things on the Internet. Register (for free) with an e-mail address and click on one of the 1,500 retailers listed on the site to shop and then get an e-rebate on your total purchase (for instance, 6 percent cash back at Macy's.) There are no fees or forms to mail in - they just send you a check in the mail. I love online shopping, especially now that I have an energetic, impatient toddler who hates shopping. And if you're going to do some online shopping, what's the harm in getting paid to do it? And there are several sites that offer this. My mom has a deal through her Internet and cable company that deducts from her bill when she buys stuff online. Great idea, right? So far, I have made three purchases through the site and though my cashback payments are only a little at a time, eventually it should add up. And some stores even offer extra cashback through the holidays. For instance, Old Navy is offering 15 percent cash back on your purchases instead of the usual 2 percent.

4. Julep pick.

      Last week I chose my Julep Maven box for December and for the second month in a row, I chose the It Girl box. The box comes with, from left, Vivien (a full-coverage multi-dimensional gold glitter), Ivy (dynamic sapphire microglitter metallic), and Harper (full-coverage opalescent mermaid blue multi-dimensional glitter). Like every month, I had a really hard time choosing which box to go with and changed my mind at least three or four times. And because their new system is kind-of irritating because of how they allow you to redeem your jules (rewards points) or pay with cash, and not a combination of both, I just got a box and no add-ons, though I would have liked some of the reds and pinks too. Which is just as well, I guess because I have tons of nail polish at the moment and need to use them up some before I buy more. If you're interested in signing up for Julep Maven, visit their website here and take a style quiz to find out how they will tailor your selections to your personality and style. Use the code COLOR2012 to receive your introductory box for just a penny. 

5. Owen's first Disney movie. 

        Because I am a total mom-brain and forgot to use my Disney gift card from our friends Katie and David while we were actually at Disney World, I have been looking for a Disney movie to buy from the online Disney store. (And speaking of Katie and David, congrats to them on expecting a baby GIRL!) Anyway, I figured it was time we started collecting Disney movies for Owen since the majority of mine from childhood are on VHS. I ended up choosing the collector's edition of "Finding Nemo," which will be released on December 4. I figured it was a boy-friendly movie with colorful and beautiful animation. And it has a sweet message about a daddy who would cross the entire ocean to find his son. Currently, you can preorder the movie for $24.95 at, which is an even better deal than the current one on Amazon. And if you preorder, you will later be e-mailed a discount code to get $20 off a future order of $40 of more at the online Disney Store. We are super excited about watching Disney movies with Owen as he grows up. Which others should we buy?

6. Look what the stork is bringing!

       The baby and toddler subscription company Stork Stack offered a deal earlier this month for 20 percent off their December box. I signed up in hopes of getting some fun, small items to include in Owen's stocking. And when they had an even better deal for Cyber Monday, I refrained to save us some money though I was definitely tempted! The theme for this month's box sounds really fun: Rock, Roll, and Roar! I love when a theme isn't specific so that what's inside is really a surprise. Themes like "Bathtime Fun" and "Fun with Food" don't leave a lot of room for interpretation. The box should ship today and I will review the items once it arrives next week. I have been interested in comparing Stork Stack to Citrus Lane and since I will be getting a box from both companies this month, I will be able to do so. 

7. Bible App

       My Sunday School class is going to be reading through the Bible together starting in January so we all downloaded the same Bible app on our tablets and e-readers so we could do it together. The one that we downloaded is the Youversion Holy Bible. On my Nook, it was called Bible and said underneath. It is free. I really am enjoying this app because it has so many features. You can read the Bible in pretty much any version you prefer or have it read aloud for you. And it has tons of Bible reading plans and devotionals as well. I recently started the She Reads Truth Advent Plan which I found by browsing their plans by topic and selecting Christmas and Advent plans. There are 10 plans available with advent reading schedules. If you are interested in having a Bible app, I definitely recommend this one. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Deals!

     I did a little research this morning to check out some of the deals available for Cyber Monday and found some great ones for those of you who are looking for some good gifts for your friends and loved ones this Christmas. Here are some of my favorites!

  • Yoyo: This new toy site is offering 40 percent off one full-priced item today only using the code TOY40. Its companion site Bookworm is offering 30 percent off on up to three books in your first order from their site. Use the code BOOKWORM30. Companion site for pets is offering 15 percent off your first order using the code WAG.

  • Citrus LaneFor new customers, use the code GET3 to receive a three month subscription for $65. That's just over $21 a box and a discount of $10 from the normal three-month subscription. Use the code GET4 for a six month subscription for $99. That's just $16.50 per box and a discount of $26 off the normal six-month subscription. These are better deals than I have ever seen from Citrus Lane so it's a great time to try them out if you've been considering it for a while. You won't get a better deal for months. 

  • The Honest Company: The Honest Company has free shipping plus a complimentary three-pack of their new lip balm with any order from their shop today. They are also offering discounts of up to $75 off their gift bundles of their Honest Diapers bundles and Family Essentials bundles. A new addition to their shop that I think is awesome is their kits found in the Holiday Gift Guide located at the top of their website. The new kits include New Baby Arrival Kits for boys and girls for $45.95, which include a pack of their diapers, wipes, shampoo and body wash, healing balm (diaper rash cream), and hand sanitizer. This would make a really wonderful gift for the expecting mother in your life! There are several other kits too, including a housewarming kit ($35.95), a pampering kit ($45.95), and a bath time kit ($49.95). Click here to take advantage of these deals today!

  • Umba Box: If you know someone who loves handmade items like jewelry, candles, art, and more, the limited edition holiday subscription to Umba Box would be a great gift. Today only, they are offering 15 percent off when you purchase this unique three-month gift subscription which will deliver your recipient a box of specially curated items in December, January, and February. These items will be worth more than the normal Umba Box subscription. I got my mom the Mother's Day edition, which was similar, and she received some really great stuff. With the discount, the three month subscription costs $126.65. This offer is for today only and supplies are limited. 
  • Stork Stack: This subscription box for babies and toddlers is offering some great deals for new and existing members. E-mail if you are already a member and want to use these codes. For new members and gift subscriptions, here are the coupon codes: Use the code CYBERMONTHLY to get 20 percent off your first month subscription to Stork Stack. You will get your first month for $22.40, down from $28. Use the code CM3 to receive $10 off your three-month subscription. This will make it $74. Use the code CM6 to receive $30 off a 6-month subscription or gift. This makes it $138. Use the code CM12 to receive $75 off a 12-month subscription or gift. This makes it $261.

  • Land's End, The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic: These four stores are offering 30 percent off your entire purchase today only. Use the code CYBER at Old Navy, Gap, and Banana Republic. At Land's End use the promo code THANKFUL

  • Kindle Fire: The Kindle Fire is $129 today only on Amazon. This is a discount of $30. The promo code is FIREDEAL.

  • Movies: Amazon is offering tons of Blu-ray DVDs for less than $10 each, including Captain America, Thor, IronMan 2, The Lucky One, Elf, and many others. 

  • Moby Wrap Get a Moby wrap for 30 percent off. The original Moby Wraps are $33.57, down from $47.95. This price is even better than the current one being offered on Amazon. The Moby Wrap is one of my must-have baby items! Use the code 2012SAVE. 

  • Coldwater Creek: I got some great deals for my mom at Coldwater Creek on Black Friday. And for today only, they are offering the same deals on their online store. Use the code MONDAY50 to receive 50 percent off and free shipping today. They have great clothes, scarfs, and jewelry. 

Stork Stack coupon codes (Cyber Monday only!)

    If you are interested in a subscription box for your baby or toddler, Stork Stack is currently offering a great deal for current and new subscribers. It is the best deal I have ever seen them offer and I've been keeping an eye on this company for a while. It would make a great Christmas present or baby shower gift or just a fun surprise for you and your little one each month. 

      The codes are available for old subscribers, new subscribers, and for gift subscriptions. 
      For existing customers, e-mail to have extend your membership by 3, 6, or 12 months using the following coupon codes. 

      For new members and gift subscriptions, here are the coupon codes:

  • Use the code CYBERMONTHLY to get 20 percent off your first month subscription to Stork Stack. You will get your first month for $22.40, down from $28.
  • Use the code CM3 to receive $10 off your three-month subscription. This will make it $74. 
  • Use the code CM6 to receive $30 off a 6-month subscription or gift. This makes it $138. 
  • Use the code CM12 to receive $75 off a 12-month subscription or gift. This makes it $261.

To learn more about Stork Stack or sign up using one of the above codes, go here

Christmas Book Advent

      I have finished collecting books for Owen's Christmas Book Advent Calendar. I began buying books in October and with the help of some of our family members, I was able to easily collect twenty-four books over the past month. I used a mixture of Christian and secular Christmas books and some that were just winter-themed. 
      I saw this idea on Pinterest last year and thought that it seemed like a cute idea. Now that I have a toddler who loves reading, I just know that it is the perfect idea for us to count down the days until Christmas. I can't wait until Saturday!
      I have wrapped all the books, labeled them with numbers and placed them in a basket. Starting on December 1, Owen will unwrap one book per day until Christmas. I may even plan some activities to do with Owen that relate to certain books and we may watch a movie or two based on the books (like the animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas). After Owen unwraps them, I will store the books in a basket so that we can read them again and again throughout the holiday season. 
       Here's the order that Owen will be unwrapping his books this year. That way, if you contributed to our Christmas Book Advent activity, you will know the exact day that Owen will be unwrapping and reading the book(s) you gave him. 

Dec. 1: "Stable in Bethlehem" by Joy N. Hulme.

Dec. 2: "The Littlest Angel" by Charles Tazewell

Dec. 3: "One Christmas Night" by M. Christina Butler

Dec. 4: "The Christmas Baby" by Marion Dane Bauer. (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 5: "If You Take A Mouse to the Movies" by Laura Rumeroff.

Dec. 6: "Room for a Little One" by Martin Waddell. (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 7: "Dream Snow" by Eric Carle. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Dec. 8: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" by Dr. Seuss.

Dec. 9: "The Gingerbread Pirates" by Kristin Kladstrup. (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 10: "Christmas in the Manger" by Nola Buck and Felicia Bond.

Dec. 11: "You Are My Miracle" by Maryann Cusimano.

Dec. 12: "God Gave Us Christmas" by Lisa Tawn Bergren.

Dec. 13: "The Mitten" by Jan Brett (Mine from childhood)

Dec. 14: "Away in a Manger" by Sarah Hayes (mine from childhood)

Dec. 15: "The Polar Express" by Chris Allsburg. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Dec. 16: "Snowmen at Christmas" by Caralyn Buehner. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Dec. 17: "Who is Coming to Our House" by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff (Given to us by my mom)

Dec. 18: "The Christmas Quiet Book" by Deborah Underwood

Dec. 19: "Song of the Stars" by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Given to us by my mom)
Dec. 20: "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" by Karma Wilson

Dec. 21: "Charlie and the Christmas Kitty" by Ree Drummond (Given to us by my Aunt Twyla)

Dec. 22: "The Christmas Story" by Patricia Pingry (Given to us last year by Tim's mom)

Dec. 23: "Mortimer's Christmas Manger" by Karma Wilson.

Dec. 24: "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clark Moore. (Given to us by Owen's Aunt Leah)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Citrus Lane coupon codes


    If you have been on the fence about trying a subscription box service for your toddler or baby, Citrus Lane is currently offering a great deal for current and new subscribers. It is the best deal I have seen them do in the entire six months I have been a member! It's awesome! It would make a great Christmas present or baby shower gift or just a fun surprise for you and your little one each month. 

For existing customers, use the code GIFT4U for a six month subscription for $90. That's $15 dollars a box! A discount of about $10 per month and $35 less than a normal six-month subscription. It's a 40 percent discount!

For new customers, use the code GET3 to receive a three month subscription for $65. That's just over $21 a box and a discount of $10 from the normal three-month subscription. 

For new customers, use the code GET4 for a six month subscription for $99. That's just $16.50 per box and a discount of $26 off the normal six-month subscription. 

      Use this link to sign up today! (It's my referral link and I'd be so happy if you used it!)