AMC Theatres: $5 Fountain Drink + Popcorn for Teens

Teens can enter their birthdate HERE to print a coupon for a $5 Cameo size fountain drink + popcorn bag at AMC Theatres! Note that you must show Student ID when redeeming the coupon. Offer expires 3/24/19. SharePinTweet0 Shares

Macy’s: *HOT* Warehouse Sale 40-70% off (today only)

Today only (Thursday, January 24th), Macy’s is having an incredible Warehouse Sale with discounts of 40-70% on thousands of items, sitewide.

While it’s impossible to highlight every good deal from the sale, I thought I’d share a few things that caught my eye:

Martha Stewart Collection Cast Iron Cookware
50% off with coupon code HOME 

Crux 12-Piece Copper Titanium Cookware Set 
Closeout: $59.93 (reg. $139.99)

Palisades Queen Bed 
Closeout: $269 (reg. $749) 

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Laura’s Favorite Things for 2018

Did you catch Angela’s 10 Favorite Things for 2018? (If not, go check it out! I’ll wait.) Once again, Angela asked me (Laura) to name my top picks for 2018. If you’re interested, you can go back and check out my picks for 2017, 2016, and 2014.

I l-o-v-e reading product recommendations from other people! It’s fun to get some unique, off-the-beaten-path ideas for great gifts for other people as well as read about how products work in actual people’s lives.

I always check for reviews, customer experiences, etc. before purchasing because the last thing I want to do is waste my and my husband’s hard-earned money on something that’s just going to end up sitting on a shelf somewhere. All of the items listed here are truly my favorites – products I return to again and again! Again, these items range in purpose and price point, so maybe you’ll find something for that hard-to-buy person on your list today.

Item #1: Sanuk Yoga Sling Sandals (Amazon Link)

I am soooooo not a fashionista, but I do like to look cute and reasonably put together when I’m out and about. However, I’m also big on comfort, and these sandals definitely fit the bill! They’re called yoga sandals because the footbed is made of the same materials as a yoga mat. There are lots of different colors to choose from – the pattern pictured above is what I got. I purchased mine on sale at REI, but you can also find them on Amazon.

Item #2: Personalized Christmas Ornaments (Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland)

I feel like I’m giving something away here, but one of my favorite wedding gifts to give is a personalized Christmas ornament, no matter when the couple in question is getting married. These are always well received! I usually pair it with another gift from their registry or a nice bottle of champagne.

I order mine from Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland (located in Frankenmuth, Michigan…a delightful town to visit if you’ve never been there), but you can no doubt find other customized ornaments on Etsy.

Item #3: Babyganics Natural Wool Laundry Dryer Balls (Amazon)

My kids all have sensitive skin; some more than others. Last winter my youngest (then 2-3 months old) had pretty bad eczema that lasted for several months. We couldn’t figure out a solution that seemed to last…it just appeared to clear up on its own once she got a little older and the weather warmed up.

This past summer I found these dryer balls on Amazon at a great price, so I bought them to use once I used up our stash of dryer sheets as I had read that dryer sheets can really affect skin irritation. I’m happy to report that these dryer balls are a success, at least for me! I haven’t noticed a difference in the softness of our clothes as compared to the dryer sheets I used to use, and these dryer balls don’t shed.

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Angela’s Favorite Things for 2018

Several years ago, I decided to start a year-end post where I shared my 10 Favorite Things. The point is pretty simple: I recall 10 things I purchased or used that I would recommend and tell you about them. I started this back in 2014 and you can also see my picks for 2015 and 2016 and 2017.

You should probably know that I’m not a big shopper. I tend to mull over purchases, even small ones. I prefer space over clutter and I don’t buy stuff to have more stuff. Therefore, if the item has made my list – it’s passed a rigorous process!

In no particular order, here are 10 items that I purchased and/or recommend from the past year.

Item #1: Garmin Fenix GPS Watch (Amazon) 

This is one of those huge splurge items I pined and pined and pined for and finally bit the bullet. I absolutely love this watch. In addition to tracking my running pace, time and distance – it has a ton of added features. For instance, it can read my heart rate (on my wrist!), predict my 5K pace, track my running cadence, and let me know if my training is productive or not. This watch also works for other sports, too – such as swimming, biking, Nordic skiing, and weight training. I really can’t say enough good stuff about this watch. While the price doesn’t make it the most budget-friendly option on the market, it would make an incredible gift for the avid runner (or would be worth saving your pennies for!).

Item #2: YNAB

I have tried many different budgeting tactics over the years including spreadsheets and apps… but YNAB is above and beyond them all. Instead of projecting your income, you only need to worry about the money you actually have in your account. There is no moralizing about purchases – you get to decide what’s important to you. YNAB syncs with your bank and mobile which means it’s incredibly easy to stay up on your money. Simply put: it’s the best budgeting system I’ve ever come across. It’s also free for the first 34 days. I recommend you read my post about my experiences with YNAB if you’re considering it! Why not get started for the new year?

Item #3: Spireside Candles (

I discovered this small, Charleston-based candle company deep in some Facebook comments about an unrelated topic. Someone had mentioned the candle company that had “Disney inspired” scents and that’s all it took – I needed to see for myself. Since then, I’ve purchased a few scents. I really like Pirate’s Revenge and Sea Witch. These scents are different, unusual, and inspire the imagination. They are not cheap, but make a fun splurge gift (for a friend or yourself).

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