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I wish it was full-size

I’m a sucker for tot-size kitchens. Maybe it’s because our kitchen set (located just at the end of our actual kitchen, natch, in an attempt to keep the kids out of my real oven) was my own kids’ hands-down favorite when they were little. Maybe it’s because anything in miniature is adorable. Or maybe it’s just because the kitchen is still my favorite place to play.

Whatever the reason, I remain jealous that you can now get a gorgeous wooden play kitchen for your kids without taking out a second mortgage, when our play setup was all plastic and probably an eyesore. Oh well.

blue-kitchenI’m pretty sure I’ve posted this KidKraft Vintage Kitchen several times when the red went on sale (and it may have been as far back as well they only offered red), but right now the blue (so pretty!) is on sale for just $84 with free shipping. (Look in the right-hand column to find this option from stores123 at the seller.) This item weighs over 50 pounds, so it probably costs them about half that just to ship it to you. And yes, this is apparently the lowest it’s even been on Amazon.

Just look at it! So cute!! It’s nicer than my actual kitchen. (Then again, my cookies aren’t wood, so there’s that.)

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Macy’s “Black Friday in July” is live now

This post is sponsored by As always, all opinions are my own.

No, it’s not anywhere near holiday-time. No, today isn’t even Friday. No matter! Macy’s will not be deterred! They’re rolling out the Black Friday in July deals for the remainder of the week, but today is the very best day. Here’s the lowdown: Shop at Macy’s today (Tuesday, July 12th) and coupon code BFJULY will get you up to an extra 25% off as well as free shipping on any size order (and that’s on top of the deals they’re already running). Today is definitely the day to get the best bang for your buck. But, if you miss today? Go ahead and shop July 13th-17th and coupon code BFJULY will still give you those additional savings, but you’ll have to spend $50+ for free shipping. (As always: go for the automatic free shipping, obvs.) This promo code has some category/brand exclusions, but it does work on Sale and Clearance items, and depending on the item you’ll receive either 15% or 25% off the already-reduced price.

You’re obviously free to buy whatever you like, and with just about everything on sale this week, you’d be hard-pressed to go wrong, so enjoy. Me, I’m still looking around, but I did manage to find one “want” and one “need” I’m feeling pretty good about with the additional savings.

macys-MS-pillowsFirst, the need: With one child leaving for college in just a few weeks, a normal person would take a break from dorm shopping now that she’s ready to go, but because I am me, I started shopping for the other kid (hey, he’s leaving in a year). He needs new pillows. He needs pillows good enough to last him through college, but not so good that I can’t afford to send him to college, if you know what I mean. So these Martha Stewart Collection down-alternative pillows fit the bill—they’re gusseted, which I’ve found is a fancy way of saying “there’s two seams all the way around instead of one,” which seems to help the pillows hold their shape, some, and they’re good for those of us with down allergies, and on top of that, they’re averaging a 4.5 star rating with a ton of reviews. The sale price of $14.97/pillow is pretty good, anyway, but with the code they come down to just $12.72 apiece, today. Sold!

macys-floral-shirtdressAnd since I was so smart about that, I get to get something for me, right? I was eying a really cute sport bikini but then my (rotten) (but gorgeous, and obviously much younger than me) kid was all “You’re looking at that for me, right?” and now I’m feeling old and grumpy. Know what would cheer me up? This pretty floral shirtdress, which is not only already nearly half off, it’s completely age-appropriate and my kid isn’t acting horrified that I like it. With the coupon it’s less than $40 and unlike that bikini, I can wear this to PTA meetings. So.

[I am making no judgments about bikinis or “women of a certain age” or anything, of course. I just both really like this dress and prefer it when my daughter doesn’t look at me askance or outright make fun of me.]

If you find some unbeatable deals, come back and share. With free shipping all day, I don’t want to miss anything!

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Hello, cheap changing table

oak-storkcraft-tableIt’s been a looooong time since I owned a changing table, but it seems to me that around $53 shipped for a wood storage cube version from Stork Craft is a pretty unbeatable deal. Right now you can order it from Amazon and it’ll ship once it’s back in stock.

So; Amazon has two colors—cognac and oak. The cognac one costs $199. The oak one, just $53.90. Why? Who knows. But if I needed a changing table on the cheap, I’m not sure the wood color would be a big deal to me.

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It’s the big $4.99-and-under clearance

Haven’t been to Children’s Place in a while? They’re having a giant clearance, with the most expensive items at $4.99 (I typed “$499” at first by accident, and wow, that would be a lot for a t-shirt for your toddler…), and plenty of offerings in the $1.99-$2.99 range.

Shipping is free on every order. Those jersey knit shorts my son lived in for most of his childhood are just $2.99, and yes, I’m still bitter that their largest size is 14.

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Another great day to Schoola

I have a hard time believing any of you haven’t yet tried out Schoola, but I suppose it’s possible. If you’re new, signing up gets you a $20 credit to start shopping, which is even more motivation beyond the part where your purchases help schools and they offer an abundance of gently-used clothing options at deeply discounted prices.

But if all of that isn’t enough, let me make it irresistible: Right now you can shop used offerings to your heart’s content (this offer excludes new-with-tags items) and then apply coupon code CANYOUSAVE for 60% off and free shipping on your order. If you were saving any more, it’d be free, just about.

Shop a little, shop a lot. It’s great for replenishing the kids’ wardrobes, but they have plenty of adult offerings, too. You can outfit the entire family for pennies on the dollar, which is my favorite kind of shopping.

This offer is valid through July 4th, but of course inventory varies. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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Croc it up

Listen; I still maintain that Crocs aren’t appropriate footwear for grownups—save for activities like gardening and camping, you understand—no matter how many “modern” iterations they come out with. This is my own personal bias, I understand, but there it is. On the other hand, I think they are the perfect shoes for kids for all sorts of things, so my feelings are definitely mixed.

All of that aside, right now they’re taking an additional 30% off sale styles when you add them to your cart, plus they’re giving automatic free shipping when you spend $25+. And if I still had little feet in this house, would I be outfitting them in these fabulous Star Wars droids clogs? Yes. Yes, I would.

And if you, as an adult, still wear Crocs? Well, you do you. Who am I to stand in your way?

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Solve the “I’m bored” blues

Whether you’re road-tripping, languishing in an airport, or just hanging around the house while (horrors!) electronics are off-limits, everyone sometimes needs a pocketful of brain-teasing distraction. Enter Kanoodle, the ages-7+ game of spacial relations. It looks simple, but is it? (Answer: Nope. Not for me, but then again, I’ve been known to screw up trying to draw a straight line.) Play a hundred different ways, and even the typical price of $10 is a good buy.

Right now at Amazon, though, they’ve got it marked down to $8.15—pretty good—but even better, check out the “Other Sellers on Amazon” column to the right to see it for $7.50 and free shipping whether you have Prime or not. 100 games for $7.50? Nice!

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And here some more sandals (and other kid stuff)

If you didn’t find what you needed at the Target sale and your kids still need stuff, head on over to Carter’s for their 4th of July sale. Today they’re offering free shipping on every order, and amongst their Doorbuster offerings today you’ll find $2 flip flops! Plus they’re taking another 30% off their Clearance, too.

Insert obligatory kvetching here about how I miss my children being small enough to wear Carter’s. I mean. Look at the cuteness. Can someone bring a baby over here for me to sniff, please??

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Got sandals?

Well, not to worry—if you don’t, Target is doing a “Deal Days of Summer” promo right now with great sales every day until the 4th of July. Today’s deal is sandals—already on sale, in most cases, and an additional 30% off with coupon code SUMMER. (Thanks for the tip, Cool Mom Picks!)

Shipping is free at $25+, plus they offer free returns. Pick up sandals for the whole family! Plus whatever else you needed, anyway.

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Free shipping’s back (today only)

Hey, remember when shipping was always free at I do, but barely. It was a long time ago. Eagle-eyed reader Sherri pointed out to me that they’re doing free shipping today (Thursday, June 23rd) only, for some reason.

What a wonderful excuse to get a new pair of shoes, amirite? Or clothing or other stuff. I don’t judge. (If you’ve never shopped 6pm—and I don’t know how that would be possible, but just in case—this is Zappos’ outlet site. They pretty much have shoes and everything else, too.) They’ve got sales going as well as “hourly steals” today, plus their regular closeout pricing. And now, free shipping. Thanks, Sherri!

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