A Day with Mom

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It’s Friday!  I decided not to do a gift guide this year for Mother’s Day and instead share a more thoughtful gift we can all give our moms on this ‘holiday’.  Our time.  What better way to express your love to mom than spending a full day with her?  I don’t just mean grabbing some french toast and coffee at brunch, but truly spending some quality time and doing activities that allow us to share conversation, laughs…and yes, coffee, with mom.  Here are some ideas…

1. Start the day at your favorite art museum

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2. Grab lunch to go and sit outside at a park or in a garden

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3. Walk off lunch with a little shopping

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4. Take a breather from all the shopping with afternoon tea and some sweets

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5. End the day with a family style meal and let mom open her presents!

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Have a wonderful weekend and a happy Mother’s Day to all moms out there!

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8 days until Christmas…

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There are 8 days left until Christmas!  How is everyone’s shopping and holiday party hopping going?  Waking up this morning, I found a TON of emails and messages alerting me to all the sales going on right now.  If you’re an online shopper, you have a couple of days left to ship gifts before the 25th!  Below is a round of holiday sales that I’ve found:

J.Crew’s holiday sale ends today.  30% off every purchase and free shipping.  3 days left for standard holiday delivery.

Quincy’s 30% off sale ends this Wednesday, 12/19.  Code: HOLIDAY30.

Banana Republic has a 30% off sale online and in-stores until 12/18.  Code: BR48HOUR.

Gap has a 35% off your purchase sale, ending today, 12/17.  Code: GAPGIVE.

Piperlime has up to 50% off.  It’s part of their twice-yearly clearance.  Extra 20% off on sweaters, ending today.  Code: COZY.

Madewell has a 30% off sale on all purchases online and in-stores.  Free shipping on all orders.  Code: MERRY.

Club Monaco: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced styles. Online only.  Code: GIFT30.  Until 12/19, regular offer of free “economy” shipping has been upgraded to free “Standard Ground Shipping”.

Ann Taylor: 50% off full-priced tops and sweaters.  Code: TOPS.  Take extra 25% off sales styles, no code needed.

Happy Shopping!

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Happy Cyber Monday everyone!  After a brief hiatus from the usual blogging this past weekend (in which some good food was had from throwing a couple of dinner parties), I am back and refreshed to get this week started!  It is officially Cyber Monday – and with all the deals going on, anyone feeling a little bit overwhelmed?  I visited some stores yesterday to check out in-store discounts and there were definitely some heads downs shopping going on!  Luckily, I was able to grab a few items from Zara, J. Crew, and Uniqlo.

Here are the online sales I am perusing today.  Now that it’s back to the usual workweek, I’ll be looking to update the work wardrobe.

Madewell: 25% off sitewide and free shipping. Great to stock up on accessories like these beautiful scarves.

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Banana Republic: 30% off on BR, Gap and Old Navy plus 20% at Piperlime and Athleta.  This sweater dress would be the perfect cozy knit to wear and allow you indulge at your upcoming holiday parties.

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ASOS: 30% off everything, including the up to 25% off ASOS Collection Sale. No need to say more.  ASOS is great for all your clothing and accessories essentials from party dresses, to work trousers, to belts and jewelry.  Currently craving this blush pink skirt: Image

Saks/Bloomingdales: the department stores are also offering some great deals.  Saks has up to 80% off their current markdowns, and Bloomingdales has up to 50% off selected merchandise with a ‘buy more save more’ deal ($50 off when you spend $250, $100 off when you spend $500, etc).

Happy shopping!  Please leave a comment or two on what steals you’re getting.