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Cheap eyeglasses just got cheaper

It was many, many moons ago when I first ordered a whole mess of glasses in the name of science and then came back here and told you about them. (11 years ago! Time sure does fly when you are old and tired, I tell you what.) Since then, Zenni Optical has only gotten better—more options, faster shipping, great customer service (I had a pair with an issue and they replaced it for me), and even the occasional coupon code. My entire family wears glasses from Zenni. (They now have a Pride collection with 100% of proceeds from those frame sales going to the It Gets Better Project, which really sealed the deal for me.)

Anyway! Whether you need spares, some new sunglasses, readers—oh, and do upgrade to the Blue Blockers for your computer glasses (I just got mine a few months ago and I love them)—anything at all in glasses-land, you will love them. And right now, you can save 20% with coupon code FRIENDS20.

I don’t need new glasses, but with the 20% off… well… I’m sure I can find something….

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I wish there was Miracle-Gro for other stuff

Hello! I hope you had a pleasant weekend. Mine was pretty good, and then this morning my fridge died, so I have been spending hours doing things like calling repair places and packing coolers with all the food we just bought instead of, oh, I don’t know, working. So that’s fun. Not that I’m bitter, or anything.

But now someone is coming in a few hours and I can concentrate on other things. Like, say, learning that apparently I am supposed to be fertilizing the trees and shrubs in front of our house. I thought that the dogs were taking care of that for me, but apparently not. Anyway! Right now Amazon has 12-packs of Miracle-Gro fertilizer spikes for trees & shrubs available for $5.40 shipped, so that seems pretty awesome, given that they normally cost about a buck a spike. This seems like an excellent way for me to pretend I’m taking care of our “landscaping” (I feel like the quotation marks are necessary because none of it is planned…) without doing much in the way of work.

Still, I think the dogs should pay for them.

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Instant Pot, Instant Pot

I must admit that I still haven’t hopped on the Instant Pot bandwagon. I own five crock pots (yes, really) (listen, they’re all different!) and I work from home and they still serve me well. But for folks who need to go from “what should we have for dinner?” to “come and get it” in a flash, I definitely see the appeal.

So various Instant Pot deals come and go, but what caught my eye today in the Amazon Gold Box is that they’ve got three different sizes on a Daily Deal, including the adorable 3-quart version at just $48, which would be perfect for those of you who don’t need the big honkin’ versions. Like, if I wanted one and I could manage to get my adult children to fully vacate my house for any period of time, this is definitely the one I’d grab. Then again, my kids seem to keep turning up again and again, so I guess I’ll stick to my 6-quart Ninja cooker for now.

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The best moisturizer at the lowest price

Gooood morning! Life is getting away from me these days, what with various “real world” people and things needing my attention. Hmph. I do apologize for neglecting you.

Also I apologize that this isn’t a sexier kind of deal—because, I mean, aren’t we more thrilled about a huge discount on a luxury item than an unusual but small discount on an everyday item?—but also I am not sorry because I love this stuff. That said, here you go: Right now Amazon has their 19-ounce tub of CeraVe cream listed at $15.07, which is their average price. But you can save up to another 15% on Subscribe & Save, plus Prime members get an additional $2.61 (oddly specific, Amazon, but I’m not complaining) off on their first order for some reason. The end result? Just $10.20 to your door if you play your cards right.

So if you’re unfamiliar with CeraVe, it’s pretty much the gold standard for “Oh you need a moisturizer but you have sensitive skin? Use this.” You know how those itty-bitty bottles of “facial moisturizers” cost a bajillion dollars? My dermatologist prescribed me a bunch of stuff for my face (which, the older I get, the more problematic my facial skin becomes; yay for aging) and then when I asked about moisturizer, told me to use this. You absolutely can use it all over, but as I’m less sensitive elsewhere I just use it on my face, and let me tell you, 19 ounces lasts a long time when you only use it for that. Plus it’s the only thing I’ve ever used that works and doesn’t cause irritation. I love it. I love it so much, I’m buying another tub because it’s so cheap, even though I’m not even close to being through my first one.

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Need giant duffel bags?

If you do a quick search here on the site, you’ll find that I’ve gotten overly excited about Samsonite’s Tote-a-Ton duffel bags on more than one occasion. They’re huge, and when they’re on deep discount, I’m usually right there reminding you that these are the perfect bags for college students—haul everything you need into the dorm, then fold it up to the size of a pair of socks and stash it.

Well, well, well. It looks like we have an imposter on our hands, but at $8 apiece, pose away, I say. Today Macy’s has this Marc NY Carry-A-Ton Duffel Bag (hmmm… that name sounds… sort of familiar!) available in three different colors for just $8 apiece. These bags are 32″ x 17″ x 11.5″, whereas the Samsonite ones are an inch longer on the first dimension (identical, otherwise), but I don’t know how much an inch really matters.

Whether you’re sending a kid off to college, need to get things organized in storage, or have gifts to buy… you’d be hard-pressed to find a bag this size for any cheaper. Shipping is free if you pick up at your local store, or on your $48+ order to your home.

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Need a little vacuum?

I shared a deal here a while back where Amazon Warehouse stuff had additional discounts, including some very highly-rated vacuums, and that’s when I got myself a new vacuum, which I am now shamelessly, deeply madly in love with. (So much so, that I am willing to end that sentence in a preposition.) I ended up with the SharkNinja TruePet on a ridiculous deal, and now I am a newly-converted Shark devotee.

All of this is to say that my nerdy little heart may have skipped a beat when I saw that Home.Woot is featuring deals on a variety of Shark vacuums today, even though if I buy another vacuum right now my husband may have me committed. Of particular note is the refurbished Shark HV301 Ultra-Light stick vac, which is a perfect option if you live in a small space or if you want a supplemental vacuum in a larger space. (Yes, I have a stick vac in the kitchen so that I don’t have to get out the big vacuum every time I’m baking and end up spilling flour on the dogs.) (Er, I mean, I am the picture of tidiness, but you never know.)

Home.Woot’s price today on these is just $69.99. (For reference, this costs $125 new from Amazon, and has an overall 4.4/5 star rating with nearly 4,000 reviews.)

So, uh, I can’t snag one of these, but maybe you need one. Or maybe I should go do some cleaning with my current stick vac and see if maybe it breaks…? (I kid! I would never. Probably.)

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Heads up, contact-wearers!

Hello, my name is Mir, and I am a very delicate flower. If you know me in real life, you know that I wear glasses 95% of the time. I do wear contacts for certain things (stage, dressing up, outdoor activities where my face will get sweaty and/or my glasses might get smacked), but I never became a full-time contact lens wearer because I have really sensitive eyes. The last time there was a coupon on this contact solution I bought some purely because it was a good deal, and was delighted to discover it really was better than anything I’d ever used before. The last show I was in, instead of coming home and ripping out my contacts immediately, I often forgot I was wearing my contacts altogether. Magic.

So here you go: Today Amazon has this Bausch + Lomb Triple Disinfectant Multipurpose Solution Twin Pack available for $13.49, which is typical. If you wanted to save a little more, you could order it on Subscribe & Save, which would save you either 5% or 20% (yep, not 15%, because this counts as a Family item), depending on how many S&S items you have. What is not typical is that right now there’s also a clippable $4 coupon! So that’s a maximum of $9.49 delivered, or as little as $6.79 if you get the full discount. That’s less than you’d normally pay for one bottle of solution, much less two dropped off at your doorstep.

I could tell you I’ll be wearing contacts more often, but that would be a lie. No matter how great this stuff is—pretty darn great—I am still lazy. (However, I am lazy with well-moisturized eyeballs.)

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All about Invisalign, and some housekeeping

Hello! I took some time off for the holidays and when I came back, my whole site was borked (technical term). Originally we thought it would be a quick fix, and now… well, it’s still broken. (I know, you can see everything just fine! But none of the shopping links work at the moment, which is problematic.) I’m still trying to figure that out, but in the meantime, two things:

1) I am not dead. Hi! Still alive! I hope you and yours have had a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

2) A looooong time ago I asked y’all if you would be interested in hearing about my experiences with the Invisalign system, and you said yes, and then I promptly never mentioned it again because I am the worst. Whoops! Please forgive me. My son and I both went through treatment and now have awesome smiles, and I wrote a four-part series about it for Alpha Mom and you should check it out. Start here, then read part 2, then go to part 3, and then you’re ready for the final installment, after we’re all done. Bonus: these posts contain dorky selfies of me, which my daughter informs me means I am “so extra,” and if I had any idea what that meant I guess I might feel insulted.

Site work will continue and I’ll be back shortly (I hope).

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Allow me to spread the KitchenAid love

Have I gone on and on (and on and on and on) here about my love for my Professional KitchenAid mixer? I feel like I have. I make triple batches of cookies with ease, not to mention that bread dough (even when I don’t feel the “need to knead” to work out some aggression) is no match for its power. It may well be my favorite kitchen gadget. (Well, it ties my BlendTec blender, for sure.) And if I haven’t mentioned it before, my husband got mine for me, on a refurb deal, because he’s a romantic. (You don’t think that’s romantic? We have an interesting love language. And you are probably younger than I am. Get off my lawn, whippersnapper.)

Anyway! How exciting was it to pop up the Amazon Gold Box this morning and discover that they’ve got three different colors of KitchenAid Professional 6-quart Bowl Lift Stand Mixers for just $219 shipped, today only? So exciting!! Seriously. I mean, we all know the “original prices” on Amazon are fairy tales, but still, $219 is the lowest price they’ve ever had on this model, plus the average regular price is around $380. So it’s not quite the half-off they’re saying it is, but a darn good deal, regardless.

If you don’t own one of these beauties and have been waiting on a sale, today’s the day to bite. This mixer is a do-it-all a workhorse and you will not regret it.

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Possibly the most dad gift ever

Still looking around for Father’s Day? This is the absolute cutest and if you disagree I just don’t know who you are anymore.

Did you know that LEGO makes a ship in a bottle set? They do! And it’s adorable. I have never understood the whole ship-in-a-bottle thing, not really, but I’m here for it in LEGO. And if you have a LEGO-crazy kid, what better gift for Dad than something so dad-ish that they can build together, minus tweezers, stress, and probably some colorful language? Exactly. (Do bear in mind that this is a 12+ set, so if said kid wants to help and is very small, proceed with caution.)

Right now this set is priced at $59.88 on Amazon with free one-day Prime shipping, its lowest price ever. (No, not dirt cheap. Remember that LEGO sets very rarely go on sale at all, and when they do, $10 or $20 off is about as good as it often gets.) It’s still at $70 plus shipping on the LEGO site.

It’s possible I am a little too excited about this.

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