Day 2 Big Prize Week Winners (Strictly Briks/Craft City)

We’re two days in to this year’s Big Prize Week and already prizes four and five are about to head out the door. I may actually be starting to feel some holiday spirit, y’all.

Today I offered readers the chance to win a Strictly Briks or Craft City set, and I’m sorry to give you such a tough choice, but hey, that’s how it goes, sometimes. And once again, my handy-dandy WordPress number-picker-thingie has spoken. Tina (commenter 22) has won the Strictly Briks set and Jennifer Ladd (commenter 64 won the Craft City Slime Kit. Woohoo! Ladies, please check your email—I’ll be getting your prizes shipped out to you very soon, once you get back to me with your shipping info.

As always, thanks to everyone who played, and special thanks for the generosity of Strictly Briks (and their helper elves at KidStuffPR) and Craft City (and their helper elves at Media Maison). They’re the reason I have things like this to give away, so do please give ’em some love when you’re doing your shopping this season.

Don’t be sad if you didn’t win this time—tomorrow’s contest will launch bright and early! I’ll be here with more goodies and whatever deals I can find between pies. (Er, making the pies. Not eating them. That’s the next day.)

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I love early deals, but this is ridiculous

When they started offering all kinds of Black Friday deals online as well as in-store, I was thrilled. And when they started making those deals available the day before, so that you could sit down after everyone had gone home and the dishes were done and do a little shopping even before the “big day,” I liked that, too.

But Kohls has just gone nuts. It’s only Tuesday and their Black Friday deals are already online. I mean, that’s good? I guess? But it’s weird. I have even made the pies yet.

So here’s what’s already happening, and will continue through Black Friday:
* Deals and Door Busters are already live
* You’ll get $15 Kohls Cash for every $50 you spend
* Free shipping for everyone at $50+
* Coupon code SAVEBIG15 takes an additional 15% off your order

I can’t promise you there won’t be a bigger percent-off coupon on Friday, of course, but if there’s something you really want/need and you’re worried about a deal selling out, you might want to start your shopping now.

Last year during this sale I got a really good Shark vacuum for a song. If you’re in the market for an even better one than the model I snagged last year, their best deal is on this Shark Rotator Pro, which is marked down to $200, and you’ll get another $30 off with the coupon and earn $45 in Kohls Cash, effectively making it $125. (For reference, the cheapest I’m seeing on this model at Amazon is around $220, but at least it’s averaging 4.3/5 stars with over 500 reviews.)

But hey, maybe you don’t need a vacuum. That’s fine—everything else is on sale, too!

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Crazy deal on the Sphero BB-8

I was never one for big-ticket toys for my kids, but that’s because I’m a curmudgeon, and also because when my kids were little, we didn’t have nearly as much cool stuff as you can find now.

The last few years, the Sphero robots have become hot commodities for kids because they can learn to program them to do cool things, but the only thing cooler than Sphero is when Sphero does Star Wars. Today a certified refurbished Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid with Force Band is available over on Electronics.Woot for just $85 plus $5 shipped. I’ll confess that my first thought was “Well, that’s probably only $10 off the regular price,” but I was wrong. Very wrong. The same model is currently $180 new from the cheapest Amazon seller (or $117 used from the Warehouse Deals), so this is a great deal and will probably sell out.

(A quick note on refurbishing: I am all for certified refurbs, as they come with the same warranty as brand new, and often at a huge discount, like this. Up to you whether you think your kid might be upset by it, of course.)

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2017 Big Prize Week Day 2: Strictly Briks and Craft City Slime

This contest post will stay at the top of the page from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017. Read on to find out about today’s prizes and enter to win! (more…)

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Find your Fossil

Love all things Fossil? They’ve got a ton of items on sale and in their outlet—including their second generation smartwatches—and right now everything not only ships for free, you also get free engraving/embossing and free returns if you need ’em. That’s pretty sweet.

Have your eye on a new item that won’t go on sale for a year? That’s okay, I’ve got you: use coupon code FOSSIL30 for an additional 30% off. I haven’t been able to find anything full-price it doesn’t work on (doesn’t mean there aren’t exclusions, just that I haven’t found them!), so if you want the latest/greatest model of smartwatch, now’s your chance.

Did you know they sell an array of cute leather-look stickers specifically for decorating your purse? There’s a ton of those in the sale section, and they’d be perfect stocking stuffers for your favorite tween or teen.

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Day 1 Big Prize Week Winners (Nomad Accessories)

Wooooo, my timing tonight was excellent. I was sitting here right at 10:00, ready to close today’s giveaway and pull the winners, because this is going to be a long week and I’m already tired. I’m posting this and mailing the winners and going to bed and planning on a lot of coffee in my future. Ha!

Without further ado: my random-winner-picker-thingie has obediently selected three winners for today, and they are as follows: Commenter 10, Lu, who I think was asking for a micro USB carabiner (but if an “arabaaner” is something wonderful, please tell me); commenter 122, Laurel, who asked for a lightning carabiner; and commenter 46, Ellen, who asked for a lightning key. Winners, please check your email—once I get your information we can get your goodies sent out to you.

Thanks to everyone who played, and special thanks to our generous friends at Nomad for furnishing the prizes.

Didn’t win today? The week’s just begun! There are plenty more chances to win coming your way. Tune in tomorrow morning for your next shot.

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You know I love a good Vornado

Okay, this one may not be a good holiday gift (or maybe it is; you do you), but right now Amazon has the Vornado 630 Mid-Size Whole Room Air Circulator Fan on sale right now for $40 (its lowest price ever).

If you’re unfamiliar with Vornado, they used to call them the “ceiling fan on the floor,” because it doesn’t just blow air, it really does circulate it. Fun fact: When these fans first came out (or at least when they first started showing up in stores in the US, anyway), I was 17 and working in a department store. We used to plug a Vornado in right in front of the display of boxes, tip it straight up, and then set a beach ball above it to show how the vortex of air could hold it steady above the fan. It really does cool an entire room (and the beach ball thing is a neat party trip).

I know you’re probably freezing right now (I mean, I am), but if you need a good fan when it gets warm again, this would be an excellent choice.

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Oneida’s busting out the goodies already

Need a few things for the kitchen? If you don’t want to wait until Friday, you don’t have to—right now Oneida is already offering up their Black Friday Preview, with nearly a hundred deeply-discounted deals. Even better, they’ve got a code on the site that’ll give you an additional 30% off those deals.

But better still, I’ve got a code that’ll give you 30% off and free shipping on any size order! (You’re welcome.) Just use SLICKFREE and enjoy the savings, along with free shipping no matter how much you buy.

Will I finally buy that big glass pumpkin jar and fill it with candy corn? Uh, look, I’m just saying it’s a good deal, is all. I swear.

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2017 Big Prize Week Day 1: Nomad Mobile Accessories

This contest post will stay at the top of the page from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Eastern on Monday, November 20th, 2017. Read on to find out about today’s prizes and enter to win! (more…)

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Keep your eyes on the Gold Box

Obviously the Amazon Gold Box is going to be on fire this week, but I had to chuckle when I clicked over there this morning—one of today’s “Deal of the Day” items is this Anova bluetooth Sous Vide and I need to tell you something about it.

First of all, do you need an immersion circulator? No. You don’t. I mean, I don’t think anyone needs sous vide cooking in their lives. It’s clearly a specialized cooking implement and the fact that it’s now $95 instead of $150 means absolutely nothing if you don’t already love cooking and want one. So I’m not suggesting this to anyone whose reaction to this post was a hearty, “What the heck is a sous vide??”

But second of all, my husband bought one of these for me last year because 1) I really like to cook and 2) I watch entirely too many Food Network shows, and I’m a convert. Steaks melt like butter when you sous vide them before finishing them on the grill. Fish is fully infused with your seasonings and perfectly cooked. And vegetables taste like they were professionally prepared even though, hey, I just threw them in a Ziploc with some herbs.

So no, no one needs a sous vide. (And yes, I laughed my behind off about it having bluetooth, but you control it with a phone app and then the phone lets you know when it’s done cooking!) On the other hand, I’ve been known to whisper sweet nothings to my Anova when no one is looking, so I’m just… letting you know about that.

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