Now that it’s officially summer, it’s time to get down and party! Crazy as it sounds, I’m invited to at least 1 to 3 parties per week in the summertime. Whether it’s someone’s birthday party, a Fourth of July shindig, a graduation celebration, a girls get-together, World Cup 2014 viewing party, there’s always a reason to party and if you don’t have any, just create one!
While throwing a party can be lots of fun, it can also be super stressful. The planning process is no walk in the park and it’s the little things that truly make or break your party. If you’re new to hosting parties or you need a few pointers to get you through your next one, here are the top ten party tips from Evite and Sandra Lee.
Note: Don’t forget to enter the Great Party Giveaway Sweepstakes to get a chance at winning $2500 worth of party supplies, food and more.
Now that Super Bowl 2014 has come and gone, let’s direct our focus on another special event that’s happening next week, Valentine’s Day 2014. If you’re a hopeless romantic, a lover, this day was made especially for you.
Traditionally, you would give a nice assortment of chocolates in a heart shaped box, a dozen of red roses and a white teddy bear with a red heart on it, but there is so much more you can get for that special person in your life and we’re here to help.
Here are this week’s sexiest five deals:
Deal #1: Your one stop shop, Macy’s is offering an additional 10-15% off most departments. You can choose from jewelry to their favorite undies. Expires 02/10/2014.
If you haven’t already heard, we’ve been working really hard at curating deals for More, Ladies Home Journal, Parents Goodyblog and Woman’s Day. Make sure you head on over to their respective sites to see all the spectacular deals that we’ve handpicked for their readers.
And this week, we have the best of the best clothing offers around the web for you. Retailers are trying to push their inventory out to make room for new arrivals and to make things more interesting, they’re slashing prices on new inventory. A big win for us all around!
With additional savings up to 50% on top of already low sale prices, this is your week to go on a shopping splurge:
Deal #1: Time to stock up on my daughter’s basics at Carter’s because they are offering 40% off the entire purchase. Expires 01/30/2014.
How are your new year’s resolutions coming along? If having a shopping budget is one of your new resolutions, it’s not too late to start now. Even though most of you probably don’t want to see another sales ad or go shopping because of the holiday madness you just endured, if you start planning now, you can exceed your 2013 savings.
To get you started with your 2014 shopping savings, here are this week’s top 5 deals:
Deal #1: If your kids are fans of Legos, head on over to Toys “R” Us and save $20 off your purchase over $75, plus get free shipping. Expires 01/25/2014.
Whether you’re just a little chilly or freezing in negative degree weather, you can stock up on your winter wear right now.
Historically, December has been the month to stock up on clothes for almost next to nothing. However, if you didn’t get the chance to stock up then, you can do it now with some amazing deals.
Here are some incredible discounts for your whole family:
While most of the country is dealing with the winter chills and the Nor’easter, I’m sitting pretty in mid 70 degree weather. Although I’m not trying to rub in the face of those that are stressing over freezing temperature, I want to point out the fact that it’s similar to shopping. It’s kind of like when everyone pays full-price and you nab the last amazing deal. The feeling of accomplishment and excitement is incomparable.
In order for you to score those amazing deals, I’ve curated the top 5 deals on our site that will also have you sittin’ pretty:
Deal #1: Whether you need to get new fabric or a pair of nice scissors, use this coupon from Joann.com to save 50% on any one regular priced item. Expires 01/11/2014.
We meet again in this New Year! We wish everyone a joyful, healthy and prosperous New Year.
The best part of the New Year is that if we made some poor decisions in different areas of our lives last year, we can keep those in the past and start off with a clean slate this year.
If you weren’t able to save as much as you wanted or wanted to make better shopping decisions, we are always here to help you become a smart shopper.
With the New Year, comes new shopping deals. So here are this week’s top 5 deals:
Deal #1: Want to be a little hip, vintage, eccentric, edgy with your wardrobe? Save up to 75% off your purchase sitewide with this coupon from Urban Outfitters. Expires 01/06/2014.
I’m sure you’ve heard of lycopene by now. It’s found in tomatoes and have been talked about in the media as a possible preventative agent for certain types of cancers.
While most of us eat our tomatoes, there are many things we can do with a tomato beyond our favorite dish. Considering that a can of organic tomato paste is around 99 cents and usually cheaper for the generic ones, it’s one of the cheaper solutions for your everyday needs.
Here are 5 alternative ways to use your store bought tomato paste:
1. Face mask. Tomato is known to lighten the skin, remove blackheads, soothe sunburn and help with acne. Use a tomato face mask to help with these needs.
2. Neutralizing Hair Dye. Have you ever had green tint in your locks after a bad coloring job? Use tomato paste or ketchup to bring it back to a neutral color.
If you missed out on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Monday, you can still score with Free Shipping Day on December 18th, 2013.
For anyone that makes frequent purchases online, you’re well aware that shipping costs can add up and sometimes getting a free shipping coupon might be worth more than a 15% off deal at a popular store.
In honor of Free Shipping Day 2013, we’ve compiled a list of free shipping deals for you (make sure to check the “order by date” for delivery by 12/24/2013):
From clothing to electronics, there are tons of holiday gift options. The downside of having lots of choices is that people get lost and ultimately buy something that’s just “okay”.
In order to cut the research time for you, I found 12 excellent gift choices that you’ll be confident in giving and on top of that, they all come in at under $120.
(All items were hand selected. Some were sent by stores for final review and others I purchased).
1. Blush Mystery Beauty Box. I recently wrote about The untraditional holiday gift? A guide to your top snack, beauty and kid’s subscription boxes and one thing that was missing from the guide was this subscription box.
The box is a mix of full and travel-size products worth at least $100. It is filled with a variety of high quality products for your skin and nail. The selections change from month to month, so if you order this month, you’ll get the December box. From the choices, I completely fell in love the Deborah Lippmann nail polish. Price: $34.95 for one-time purchase or as low as $24.95 with subscription. With this coupon from Blush.com, you can save $5 off the December Blush Mystery Beauty Box and get free shipping.
If you’re looking to score some amazing Cyber Monday deals today, we’ve got plenty that you’ll be excited about:
1. 6pm.com: 20% off all orders today only
3. American Apparel: 20% off Everything + Extra 30% off Sale
This just in. Amazon.com just announced that they would be offering their Black Friday deals starting this Sunday November 24th. Originally, they were scheduled to release some of their Black Friday deals beginning Monday November 25th.
Moving it one day earlier means that many shoppers will have the opportunity to shop online without having to stress about work.
(I wonder if they are taking Walmart’s lead because as many of you know, they just announced that they would be matching some of their competitors’ top Black Friday deals tomorrow November 22nd.)
If you haven’t already heard, Black Friday is dead.
It’s hard to believe, but the day has come. With Walmart releasing their early-bird deals, Home Depot advertising Black Friday prices on select items and other retailers opening on Thanksgiving, long gone are the days of camping out in tents on sidewalks and now onto the online shopping war.
You don’t have to wait one week for Black Friday to happen because Walmart just threw another punch by offering their competitors’ best Black Friday deals one week early.
So if you’re not into big lines or competitive online shopping, your Black Friday can begin as early as this Friday, November 22nd. No more fighting folks the day after or the day of giving thanks!
It wasn’t until 2003 that Black Friday became the busiest shopping day of the year and kept the momentum going in the years that followed.
Retailers would prepare in advance to sell a limited amount of popular items for heavily discounted prices in hopes that other products would sell. It was the one day that people would camp out, run over employees and get the deal of the century.