Gymboree: $25 off $100 Purchase, Extra 30% off Markdowns + FREE Shipping

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Today only, Gymboree is offering $25 off $100 purchase which means you’ll get FREE shipping too, because they offer free shipping when you spend $75!  Just use promo code SAVE25 at checkout.  This deal gets even better because they are also taking an extra 30% off markdowns so you can save up to 70% off the original price.  They have other great specials going on too!

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Amazon: New Coupons for August (Maybelline, Annie’s & more)

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It’s a new month and Amazon has a brand new set of coupons. Save on many popular items like beauty, household, baby, food & more. Keep mind some of these items may by add-on items which means you will need to spend $25 in order to purchase them.  If you want, you can just buy $25 worth of add-on items to reach your $25 total.  To get the coupon savings, simply follow these steps:

  • clip the coupon
  • add the item to your cart
  • discount will be applied at checkout

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Maybelline New York Expert Wear Eyeshadow, Blue Blazes $2.94 ~ add-on item
$1/1 coupon
Final Price = $1.94 each

amazon olay

Olay Ultra Moisture Moisturizing Body Wash $2.84 (reg $5.35) ~ add-on item
$1/1 coupon
Final Price = $1.84 each

amazon annies snacks

Annie’s Homegrowns Variety Snack Pack, (36 Packs) $15.69
Save 20% with coupon (-$3.14)
Final Price = $12.55 ($.35 per pack)

amazon venus razor

Gillette Venus Tropical Disposable Women’s Razors (3 ct) $6.97 ~ add-on item
$3/1 coupon
Final Price = $3.62 each

amazon teenage mutant turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Net Catch Game $3.58 (reg $8.99) ~ add-on item
Save 15% with coupon (-$.54)
Final Price = $3.04 each

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Amazon: Up to 50% off Top-Rated Strategy Board Games

I am super excited about the daily deal at Amazon.  Save up to 50% off top-rated strategy board games.  We LOVE games at our house and I am sharing some of our personal faves that we own and I can highly recommend.  All of these games will ship for FREE with Amazon Prime or Super Saver Shipping.

Keep in mind, If the game is no longer the listed price, it means it has sold out from Amazon and is no longer valid at the sale price.  Sale prices only apply to those games that sell and ship from Amazon.

amazon labyrinth

Ravensburger Labyrinth
(reg $31.99)   SAVE 52%

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Alhambra game
(reg $39.99)   SAVE 36%

amazon game dominion

Dominion Adventures Game
(reg $44.99)   SAVE 42%

amazon dixit

Dixit Game
   (reg $34.99)   SAVE 50%

amazon coup game

Coup Game
$8.99   (reg $14.99)   SAVE 40%

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10 FREE Kindle Books (FREE Kindle Friday)

10 new FREE Kindle books every Friday

Every Friday I hand select 10 Kindle books that are FREE and share them with you.  If you enjoy these FREE Kindle books make sure you check the blog on Tuesday because I post 10 more books then too.  Enjoy!

Important note! These books were FREE when I posted them, you will need to make sure the price is still $0.00 when you go to download the book!   Amazon prices can change at any time (and often do)!

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Grounded (The Grounded Trilogy Book 1)
(print list price $14.99)

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Caching In (Pastime Pursuits Book 1)
(print list price $14.99)

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A Million Steps
(print list price $15.95)

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A Cast of Stones (The Staff and the Sword Book #1)
(print list price $15.99)

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Until There Was You (Starlight Hill Series Book 3)
(digital list price $1.99)

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Off Balance (Ballet Theatre Chronicles Book 1)
(print list price $10.99)

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Thirty-Nine Sixty (An O’Beirne Family Novel Book 1)
(digital list price $4.99)

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Declutter: Your Life in 29 Days
(digital list price $.99)

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Lily Lemon Blossom Welcome to Lily’s Room
(digital list price $1.99)

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Apple vs. Asparagus
(digital list price $8.99)

These books can be downloaded and read on your Kindle or Kindle Fire.    Don’t have a Kindle?  You can download the Kindle App and read the books on your PC, Blackberry, Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale + FREE Shipping

nordstrom big annv sale pic big anniversary sale is still going strong, but there are only a few days left!  Save on apparel, accessories, home decor & more through 8/2.  Everyone gets FREE shipping and FREE returns, which is great!  Here are some of the deals we found for you:

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Zella ‘Live In’ Leggings
(reg $52.00)   SAVE 35%

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Thread & Supply Double Breasted Peacoat
(reg $58.00)   SAVE 35%

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The North Face ‘Venture’ Jacket (Nordstrom Exclusive)
   (reg $99.00)   SAVE 25%

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Stride Rite ‘Haylie’ Mary Jane
(reg $37.95)   SAVE 32%

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The North Face ‘TKA 100 Glacier’ Fleece Pullover
   (reg $55.00)   SAVE 27%

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Cotton Candy Ice Cream

Homemade Cotton Candy Ice Cream

Treat your kids to this fun Cotton Candy flavored homemade ice cream.  It’s two over their favorite things in one, cotton candy and ice cream.   They will love it and think you are the coolest Mom ever!

Cotton Candy ice cream ingredientsIngredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup jelly belly cotton candy flavoring
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yokes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • red food coloring (optional)


Add cream, milk, eggs, sugar, salt, 2 drops of red food coloring, and vanilla to bowl and whisk until combined.

make ice cream

KitchenAid ice cream attachment

Add ingredients to ice cream maker (I use the KitchenAid 2 Quart Ice Cream Maker Attachment and I love it! ) mix for 20 minutes. until it doubles in size.  Add the Jelly Belly cotton candy flavor,  and mix until will combined.

freeze cotton candy ice cream

Freeze for 1- 2 hours,  scoop and enjoy!

Cotton Candy Ice Cream

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Black and Decker Performance FusionBlade Blender + Fool-Proof Smoothie Recipe


I was give the opportunity to take the Black + Decker Performance FusionBlade Blender for a spin.   A blender is actually one of the most handy kitchen appliances you can own, especially in our house.  Our blender gets used a ton at our house, especially  during the summer months when we are making smoothies nearly every day.

You can make your kitchen more versatile than ever with the Black + Decker Performance FusionBlade Digital Blending System, because it does so much more than just make smoothies.  You can make Soups, nut butters, homemade flours, iced drinks, and more!

Besides the standard blender jar you will also receive  a 20-oz. Personal Blender Jar (BPA-free) which comes with a removable blade base and a travel lid for taking a shake or smoothie on the go.


The first thing I noticed about the blender was that it looked nice.  It was sleek and has a digital control panel that I knew it would be easy to wipe clean.  I am messy in the kitchen, so appliances you can clean easily our a huge plus in my book.   I also love that the blender jar is one piece. You don’t have to take it apart to get it clean.


Since smoothies are what we make most often with our blender I decided to try out the smoothie making skills of the Black + Decker Performance FusionBlade Blender.  I have a very simple smoothie recipe that works for almost any type of smoothie you want.  You can switch it up by using different types of fruits, juices or yogurt, but here is the basic recipe:

Basic Fool-Proof Smoothie Recipe

  • 1 cup juice
  • 2 cups frozen fruit
  • 1 container yogurt

I chose to make a triple berry smoothie by using raspberry juice, frozen berries and vanilla yogurt.


The blender comes with a guide so you know exactly what order to add your ingredients into the jar.   I love this!


You will also find a guide with pre-programmed buttons for easy blending.  Since I was making a smoothie I use the preset button #5.


This blender contains a powerful 1100-watt motor and has a blade design to produce a vortex that blends food in no time.   I was totally impressed with the vortex that was created.   My smoothie was blended with speed and force.  You can see in the photo how powerful it is because the ingredients are being pushed up towards the top of the blender.   There is nothing more annoying than ingredients that get stuck and the bottom of your blender and nothing happens to them.   There was a lot of mixing going on with this blender.  I’m seriously impressed!


The consistency of the smoothie was PERFECT!  There were no chunks of berries everything was all blended nice and smooth.   Plus, it tasted amazing!

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I mentioned the all-in-one jar design previously, but one of the great things about clean up with this type of a jar is that it is a breeze.   Rinsing it out is quick and easy.


Clean up gets even easier because  all the removable parts (like the lid) are completely dishwasher-safe.

I also found the recipe book that was included to be very handy too.   I am looking forward to giving the following recipes a try:

  • Rice Flour (Gluten-Free)
  • Creamy Cashew Butter
  • Fresh Tomato Fusion Salsa

If you are in the market for a blender I can highly recommend the Black + Decker Performance FusionBlade Blender.

I am a Spectrum Brands Power Blogger.  I was provided with the product in order to facilitate my review and was compensated for my time.   All thoughts and opinions are honest and true.  (I do honestly love this blender)!

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Nordstrom Rack: Extra 25% off Clearance for the Whole Family

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Nordstrom Rack is having a big Clear the Rack sale and offering an extra 25% off clearance styles for the whole family through 8/2.  No promo code needed!  Prices listed on the site include the extra 25% off.  FREE shipping on orders of $100, plus, they now offer easy 90-day returns.  Here are a few highlights from this great sale:

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Hobo Daniella Leather Tote
(reg $188.00)   SAVE 70% off

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Stem Scoop Neck Short Sleeve Tee
(reg $28.00)   SAVE 73%

nordstrom rack top

Chelsea28 Kimono Wrap Top
   (reg $58.00)   SAVE 74%

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