Big Discounts, Coupons and Sales if You Like That Thang

Hey Gang!

For those of you loving Groupon’s  deals, here is Google’s version of big discounts and the deals are fabulous this week! Why not have more choices, right?

Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide. Enjoy! 🙂

Stacey

NationwideEntire Store: Up to 40% Off Get All Old Navy CouponsGet Up to 40% Off Select Styles Get All Gap CouponsFree Shipping & Returns Get All Sunglass Hut CouponsUp to 50% Off Sale Tops Get All Athleta Coupons

Save 15% Off Select Items When You Sign Up for Gearmail Get All REI Coupons

Free Shipping on $45 or More Get All Home Depot Coupons

Clearance Center: As Much As 50% Off Items Get All Lowes Coupons

Shop UA Outlet Plus Free Shipping Over $49 Get All Under Armour Coupons

Hotels: Up to 60% Off Get All Priceline Coupons

Find and Hire Best Local Doctors and Contractors Get All Angies List Coupons

Chicago

Tuesday Night Happy Hour Cruise of Lake Michigan Get All The Mystic Blue Coupons

Tickets to Grilling Competition with Live Music and Raffle for $50 Get All Chefs on the Grill Coupons

Up to 45% Off Drinks, Pizza, Wine & More Get All Fornetto Mei Coupons

Paddleboard, Hobie Kayak, or Sailing Kayak Rental Get All Chicago Water Sport Rentals Coupons

Up to 46% Off Manicures, Pedicures, Facials & Access to Pool, Jacuzzi & More Get All Balance Spa at the Palmer House Coupons

San Diego

50% Off Boat-Rental Services Get All Boatbound Coupons

Up to 40% Off Ice Cream or Yogurt Get All Sub Zero Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Coupons

Creation & Earth History Museum – $7 for Admission Get All Creation & Earth History Museum Coupons

Up to 46% Off Harbor Cruise Get All Flagship Cruises & Events Coupons

48% Off Organic Produce Get All Farm Fresh To You Coupons

New York

Twilight Cruise of NYC Aboard Tall-Ship Schooner Get All Clipper City Tall Ship Coupons

Black Angels Over Tuskegee – Up to 41% Off Get All Black Angels Over Tuskegee Coupons

Ticket to 2nd Annual NOLA Funk Crawfish & Music Festival Get All NOLA Funk Crawfish & Music Festival Coupons

Natalie Cole: Grammy Winner Sings Latin Music’s Most Romantic Songs Get All The Town Hall Coupons

$10 for $15 at papabubble Get All Papabubble Coupons

Los Angeles

LA Cosplay Con: Celebrities, YouTubers, Costume Contests, Panels, Dance Party and More Get All Century City Plaza Hotel Coupons

Sclerotherapy Vein Treatment Get All Los Angeles Laser Aesthetic & Skincare Coupons

Up to 47% Off Massages, Facials & Pedicures Get All SPA InterContinental Coupons

$99 — Venice Spa Day: Massage, Facial & Wine, 50% Off Get All Nitespa Coupons

Up to 58% Off Cuts, Color, Highlights & More Get All Román Salon West Hollywood Coupons

Philadelphia

$34 — Manayunk: Zagat-Pick Food Tour w/Tastings, Reg. $74 Get All Chew Philly Food Tours Coupons

Laser Hair Removal or Salt Sauna Treatment Get All Enigma Medi Spa Coupons

Up to 46% Off Swedish Massages & Classic Facials Get All Balance Spa at the Omni Hotel Coupons

Up to 51% Off Small Group Fitness Classes Get All Zen 10 Fitness Coupons

40% Off Mat & Equipment Classes Get All Main Line Pilates Coupons

Phoenix

Summer Family Pass and Special Exhibition Tickets Get All Arizona Science Center Coupons

Wildlife World Zoo: Save up to 30% off Regular Admission Get All Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Coupons

44% Off a Visit to Treetop Adventure Course Get All Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course Coupons

Arizona Science Center – Up to 52% Off Family Membership Get All Arizona Science Center Coupons

42% Off Farm-to-Table Dinner at Litchfield’s Get All Litchfield’s At The Wigwam Coupons

Houston

Aerial Yoga Classes or Private Aerial Yoga Party Get All Aerial Yoga Houston Coupons

Up to 44% Off Go-Karts, Laser Tag, and Mini Golf Get All Track 21 Coupons

$25 for 4 Weeks of Unlimited Boot Camp Get All Mean Green Boot Camp Coupons

75% Off a Japanese Hair-Straightening Treatment Get All Splash Hair Designs Coupons

$50 or $100 on Food + Non-Alcoholic Drinks Get All Prospect Park Sports Bar Coupons

Dallas

2 Nights of Boarding or 5 Days of Doggie Daycare Get All Pawliday Inn Pet Hotel Coupons

50% Off Prints & More Get All LAB ART Texas Coupons

Up to 47% Off Food Tasting at Veritas Wine Room Get All Veritas Wine Room Coupons

$50 for $75 at Facelogic Highland Park Get All Facelogic Highland Park Coupons

47% Off Bikram Yoga Dallas Get All Bikram Yoga Dallas Coupons

San Jose

Prix-Fixe Dinner for 2 at Verge Get All Verge Coupons

57% Off Arcade Visits and Prizes in San Jose Get All Nickel City Coupons

36% Off Mini Golf Get All Golfland Coupons

Juvederm, Botox, Skin Tightening, or a Combination Get All Silicon Valley Aesthetics Coupons

49% Off European Spa Pedicure Get All DD Beauty Salon Coupons

San Antonio

$20 for $40 at My Fit Foods Get All My Fit Foods Coupons

57% Off Steam and Stones Facial Get All K&I Health and Beauty Spa Coupons

$16 to Spend on Chocolates Get All Shakolad Chocolate Factory Coupons

Up to 44% Off at MOOYAH Get All Mooyah Coupons

Up to 47% Off at Flaco’s Burgers & Tacos Get All Flaco’s Burgers & Tacos Coupons

(Disclosure: I have received compensation for this post from Yipit.com)

 

Yipit the New Groupon to Find Major Savings

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If you are really rich and don’t need big discounts on stuff that you already use, don’t bother reading about Yipit the new Groupon. Nope, I take that back. These guys have deals on everything from Old Navy and the Gap to Sunglass Hut to Home Depot.

Now, I’ve been known to toss out a few Groupons around town, but totally can stand to have some more fantastic deals for my family. Remember my Hubby is the sugar daddy in this house. He brings home the bacon and I fry it up in the microwave, with a cover guard to prevent splashes, which makes the nuke-oven smell like bacon fat for 16 days a day.

Actually, my girlfriends and I sometimes get a deal like spa pedicures for a deal and our fearless leader has been known to call the spa and ask if they will allow us to come in after-hours and bring our own wine.

“White or red?” my friend says walking around filling our plastic cups while she has pink rubber toe spreaders on each foot while her nails dry. As you can imagine, I’m not giving up any names because this one ROCKS!!

Our friends at Yipit have curated the best deals this week in the 10 largest U.S. cities. Additionally, they have included the 5 best offers available now nationwide.

If you don’t find your city or see a deal you like, there’s a search engine when you get to the main Yipit page. Type in your city to find deals in your closest town.

 

NationwideEntire Store: Up to 40% Off Every Old Navy CouponSpring Sale: Up to 75% Off Every Gap Coupon

Get Up to 50% Off Select Fashion Brands Plus Free Shipping Every Sunglass Hut Coupon

Up to 50% Off Sale Tops Every Athleta CouponSave 15% Off Select Items When You Sign Up for Gearmail Every REI Coupon

Save Up to 40% on Progress Lighting Clearance Event Every Home Depot Coupon

Get a Free Local Delivery on Grills with $399 or More Orders Every Lowes Coupon

Get Women’s Pure Stretch Underwear 3 for $30 Every Under Armour Coupon

Hotels: Up to 60% Off Every Priceline Coupon

Find and Hire Best Local Doctors and Contractors Every Angies List Coupon

Chicago

Custom Spray Tan + Foot Scrub Every Sorelle Coupon

Microdermabrasion Every Viktoria Skin Care Coupon

Full Arm Wax Every Celebrity Skin Coupon

Pearl Facial Every Topliner Beauty Salon Coupon

Signature Facial Every A Touch of Elegance Coupon

San Diego

Up to 40% Off Ice Cream or Yogurt Every Sub Zero Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Coupon

Hot Tub Cruisin Boat Rental for Up to 10 Every Hot Tub Cruisin Coupon

$20 Gets You Dinner for 2 at T-Deli Every T Deli Coupon

Spa Day at 5 Star Rated Spa Kingston Every Spa Kingston Coupon

6 Dinners for $40 at Dream Dinners Every Dream Dinners Boylston Coupon

New York

Haircut or Blowout Every Beauty and Youth Spa Coupon

Blowout Every Extreme Color Coupon

Deep Pore Cleansing Facial + Microdermabrasion Every Elite Day Spa Coupon

Single Process or Partial Highlights, Glaze + Blowout Every Alex Anthony Salon Coupon

Brazilian Wax Every Skin Spa New York Coupon

Los Angeles

20 Units of Botox Every Premier Rejuvenation Coupon

At-Home Liquid Body Lift or Rejuvenating Treatment Every Beauty Bohemien Coupon

Personal Trainer Course + Certificate Exam Every NCCPT Coupon

Group Training Session Every AbsClubLA Coupon

Highlights, Haircut + Blowout Every Pretty Wild Hair Salon Coupon

Philadelphia

IPL Photofacial Every Donna Scott Secret Med Spa Coupon

44% Off Private Music Lessons Every Philadelphia Guitar Instruction Coupon

Up to 44% Off Group Fitness: Yoga, Cardio, Dance & More Every Nourishing Storm Coupon

Two-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot with Images Every Vibrant Image Photography Coupon

Choo Choo Soul: Musical Adventures With Disney Star Genevieve Every The Levoy Theatre Coupon

Phoenix

Up to 43% Off Flagstaff Blues and Brews Music Festival Every Flagstaff Blues & Brews Festival Coupon

D-Backs Look to Cool Off the Mets at Chase Field Every Chase Field Coupon

42% Off Farm-to-Table Dinner at Litchfield’s Every Litchfield’s At The Wigwam Coupon

$30 to Spend on Burgers, Apps, Nachos, Beer & More Every RnR Restaurant & Bar Coupon

Wildlife World Zoo: Save up to 30% off Regular Admission Every Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Coupon

Houston

CiCi’s Pizza – Up to 41% Off a Pizza Buffet with Drinks Every CiCi’s Pizza Coupon

Houston Astros Ticket Package Every Official Fan Package Coupon

Up to 50% Off Painting Classes Every The Paint Pub Coupon

$25 for 4 Weeks of Unlimited Boot Camp Every Mean Green Boot Camp Coupon

75% Off a Japanese Hair-Straightening Treatment Every Splash Hair Designs Coupon

Dallas

Up to 56% Off Private and Group Classes Every Classic Pilates Coupon

$50 for $75 at Facelogic Highland Park Every Facelogic Highland Park Coupon

Salon Services with Optional Color Treatment Every Capelli Salon Coupon

1 or 2 Dozen Cupcakes; or $35 of Baked Goods Every Amazing Occasion Custom Cakes Coupon

Up to 51% Off Hair cut or split end treatment at Ashley Bristo at Iconic Every Salon Twenty Two Coupon

San Jose

3 Extra Small Area Laser Hair Removal Sessions Every A Youthful Reflection Coupon

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose – 42% Off Entry Every Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose Coupon

Into the Woods: Sondheim’s Musical Fairy-Tale Mashup by Children’s Musical Theater (CMT) San Jose Every Montgomery Theater Coupon

Up to 48% Off at Lucy’s Tamale Factory Every Lucys Tamale Factory Coupon

The River Bride: Seductive New Play Mixes Myth & Romance Every Louis B. Mayer Theatre – Main Stage, Santa Clara University Coupon

San Antonio

$20 for $40 at My Fit Foods Every My Fit Foods Coupon

$25 for $35 at Plato’s Closet Every Plato’s Closet Coupon

57% Off Steam and Stones Facial Every K&I Health and Beauty Spa Coupon

$16 to Spend on Chocolates Every Shakolad Chocolate Factory Coupon

Up to 62% Off Tanning Every Sun Shoppe of Minnesota Coupon

Happy shopping, Folks! May your hard earned cash be used to the fullest degree, and Yipit make life a little simpler and spa-ish for you.

(The super folks at Yipit have compensated me for this post. Although, you know my bossy opinions are all my own and I can’t be swayed by a dollah. Hollah!)

 

If you find some awesome deals, please let me know in the comments below or Facebook if you do! Where do you find most of your big deals for the family?

Stacey

Time to Get Your Love a Wooden Watch

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(This post is sponsored by JORD watches. I received a watch from them in return for my honest feedback. I cannot and will not be swayed by jewelry.)

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and once again I’m unprepared. It sneaks up on me every year and I’m lucky if I get my hubby a card. (Note to self, add buying a card on my to-do list.)

I blame my laziness weariness on Christmas. That whole 2-month festival wears me out. By February, I’m certainly not wanting to lift a finger to hit my Amazon-1-Click button. If it weren’t for the munchkins asking me what I want for my birthday, which is a couple days before, then I’d never get the job done and have to make up a last minute gift.

Hello Dear, could I interest you in a lovely home-cooked meal or some romantic laundered clothing? A Skinny Cow ice-cream sandwich, perhaps?

Yeah, it gets all heated up at the Hattons!

Several months ago, during the whirlwind winter season of excessive retail, I was propositioned by a man in the jewelry business. Despite previous comments, I am a happily married woman. But Ladies, when this happens, you must stop and listen because…

Jewelry! Am I right?!

Thankfully, this gentleman was working for JORD watches. Never heard of it? Me neither, but let me tell you this line is unique and breathtakingly beautiful. I honestly have never seen anything like it.

They sell wooden watches. Wooden. Wrist. Watches! Why I neh-vah!

JORD’s website says they use several types of “natural and sustainably sourced wood” when crafting their watches: including maple, sandalwood, bamboo, blackwood, and cherry. They use only 100% natural wood and refrain from the use of toxic chemicals to either treat or protect the wood. Not only do they sell women’s watches, but they have a cool line of men’s watches too.

I went with the maple and it’s gorgeous. It’s light weight, has smooth edges and a natural looking finish so it isn’t all shiny, but elegant. This watch is extremely comfortable and I feel like I’m wearing Scrabble tiles caressing my wrist. It’s just another reminder to pull out my phone and play Words With Friends. Not that I have a problem with it.

I wanted to have beautiful photos of my watch, but my nails are of the brittle persuasion, and was feeling insecure about my mannish wrist. So I “hired” a semi-professional hand model for the photo shoot of my new watch. Actually, a couple of the neighborhood gals voted on who had the nicest hands and possibly a manicure that wasn’t chipped. She drew the short straw, but now she can put hand-model on her resume. You’re welcome!

Work it Hand Model, work it.

Work it Hand Model, work it.

I’m allergic to nickel, which is added to most silver, so metal clasps give me a bit of hesitation, but JORD uses stainless steel clasps, to avoid many metal sensitivities. Of course if you are allergic to stainless steel, you might need to have a sundial carved for your wrist.

Since wood is porous, the watch could be more prone to dirt and oil. But they have a recipe for cleaning and protecting your gorgeous timepiece.

This company is out of St. Louis, but they DO ship internationally, for all you folks across the pond. Each watch is shipped to the customer “within 24 hours via 1-3 day priority shipping through USPS.” If the watch you want is out of stock, they will notify you in a day.

So if you have a loved one who has EVERYTHING, this is the perfect gift for him or her. It will be the gift that no one has and is quite the conversation starter.

To learn more about JORD watches, head to www.woodwatches.com.


Professional Teeth Whitening at Home Works

smilebrilliant(This is a sponsored post by the fabulous folks at Smile Brilliant! Even though I was given the products in return for this critique, I am shooting straight from the hip and offering you my true opinion as always.)

Many years ago, after I had kids and sleep became an optional sport; I decided to treat myself to something nice. One day when waiting for my dental hygienist to return to the room after x-rays, I bided my time by reading wall literature.

Next to the sign warning me not to swish with a certain brand of mouthwash because it might turn my teeth purple…or black – can’t remember the details due to the sleep deprivation – was my answer to pampering this disheveled new mom.

Teeth whitening!

I got the information, talked it over with my husband (I think) and signed up to get molds of my teeth made the next week so I could remove the caffeinated beverage stains off my pearly un-whites. The price was outrageously high, somewhere over $300; but after birthing two children 14 months apart, I felt I needed something nice for me.

After scheduling and re-scheduling because it’s hard to manage 2 babies and a calendar, I finally got a sitter so I could get my molds made. The trays were ginormous and the molding material filled up my mouth like the foam crack sealer you use to seal out pests in your basement. If I had any gag reflex problem, the hygienist would have needed more than a swish and spit basin.

I had to wait several weeks before my whitening trays arrived at the dentist office, where I had to return to pick up my supplies. I was tickled pink to be able to whiten my teeth from 50 shades of off-gray to a smile that would turn heads.

After using my whitening trays nightly for a few weeks, a tooth sensitivity which I had never before experienced occurred. My teeth were sensitive to everything but air. Unless there was a cold biting wind, then that was awful too.

Needless to say, I am not a pain-seeking kind of gal, so I gave up with my whitening project– although I hoped I would get back to it when the girls were a bit older.

Six years later, I got an email from Smile Brilliant! asking me if I would like to try their product and write about it. Free teeth whitening?! You betcha.

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But then I remembered why I had stopped using the whitening kit I had purchased so many years before. It hurt like the Dickens!

Oh, Charles! Do layeth off my teeth of yesteryear.

When I mentioned this to the Smile Brilliant! folks, they said they had a desensitizing gel that would prevent the painful feelings. I was wary of their claim that I wouldn’t have a problem, but I’m a warrior. Or cheap and vain.

I obviously agreed to try it, and not only am I pleased with the results, but as a recluse who rarely leaves her computer, this was easy peasy! No trip to the dentist. No gag reflex. And I could do it naked. I didn’t…but I could have if I wanted.

First I made the molds of my teeth.

It took maybe 15 minutes total. They give you an extra tray just in case you rush through it and don’t read the instructions thoroughly. So glad I didn’t do anything THAT stupid! Mmmh…

Then you send the molds back in the envelope they provide for you. In less than a week, I had the casts of my teeth and a full whitening and desensitizing kit.

Smile Brilliant! claims:

Dramatic results usually come in 5 to 6 days. We recommend that the initial teeth whitening process be continued for 12 consecutive days.
I used both gels and noticed a substantial difference than the first time I had tried to whiten my teeth and my sensitivity was greatly reduced by the desensitizing gel if I used it each time prior to the whitening trays.

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I’m not saying everyone will have the same results, but it was an overall success for me.

Mostly because…
– I was able to do it from the comfort of my home.
– It was almost half the price of the dental office procedure.
– Didn’t have to get a sitter.
– It works as effectively whitening as the dentist’s office.
AND…
-You can do it naked. If you so desire.

Here’s a video of theirs which will cover any details I may have left out.

Also, their website is quite informative and they have staff who you can e-chat with you regarding the products 24/7. They really make it user friendly and convenient for the customer.

I’d love to hear about any whitening experiences you have. What products have you used and did they do the trick?

Grass is Always Greener on the Golf Course

Landscape of a beautiful green golf course with sky(This post is sponsored by The Blogger Collective.)

When I moved out of the house into the dormitory freshman year of college, my folks decided it was time to start a new chapter of their lives. They bought a beautiful home on one of our town’s golf courses and then conveniently forgot to give me a key.

True story. Only a little bitter now.

Sometime during my first or second year, they gave up a copy of their house key – but it probably was when they needed me to feed the cats while they were off playing golf at some fancy course.

I’m not saying they didn’t love me. They just were ready for some privacy. And after becoming a parent, NOW I get it!

When my parents looked at new homes, neither of them knew how to play golf. My father claimed that people do this all the time, but as a college student I thought that was just my parents being quirky.

Mom liked the neighborhood.

Dad liked the view from the back porch. And after sitting out with my father many a night, I came to agree with my father that having a house backed up to a golf course makes your yard seem as if it’s perfectly manicured and goes on forever.

Plus, we had an instant pond equipped with singing toads and the entertainment when ticked off golfers would throw tantrums and heave their clubs into it. Truly enjoyable, especially when they noticed you were watching and then you gave them the neighborly wave.

It didn’t take long for both of my parents to take up the sport. I believe my father did so first, and then my mother thought she might as well join a ladies group so she had something to talk to my Dad about other than laundry and “what’s for dinner?”

Ironically, over the years my Dad’s love of the sport began to sour and then to disdain. He still loved the view, but really didn’t enjoy playing the sport. He would rather spend five hours of his day doing something he enjoyed and that he wouldn’t mentally beat himself up over. Smart man.

My mom, who didn’t want to play golf in the first place, but thought maybe she could get some beautiful vacations out of it, improved her golfing skills every year. Plus, she found a great group of gals to play with.

But my dad was firm in his stance to retire from golf, which left my mom only dreaming of their golf vacations to beautiful resorts around the country.

No Lake of the Ozarks Tan-tar-a Resort and Golf Club. No Verandah in Ft Myers area and no time spent in Desert Princess Palm Springs Golf Resort. Plus, any future plans of touring
SW Florida golfing spots was out of the question.

Luckily, with all the extra time my father had not playing golf, has given him time to discover what he truly loves and excels at. He has become a top-rate cook and hosts dinner parties almost more often than my kids take showers in the summer.

Also, he just finished writing a fascinating non-fiction book on his grandfather who had only a grammar school education but became a silent force behind the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas in the first half of the 20th century.

So to all of you golfers out there, I get it. The beauty of the outdoors, the camaraderie… the beer!! But I think I’m more like my dad – I’d rather buy a house on a golf course and have my office window facing the view so I could create my literary masterpiece.

Not that THAT’S going to happen, but the grass is always greener on the golf course – and the view sure would be nice!