Himalayan Salt Lamp ONLY $22.63 Shipped!

Right now on Amazon you can get this Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp for only $22.63!

I bought one of these for my mom last year who uses it in her bedroom.  She says the soft glow makes a nice night light and she feels that the air smells cleaner. :)  Many of the reviewers also claim that these ionically deodorize the air as well!

  • Wood
  • Made in USA or Imported
  • Unique salt lamp is made from Natural Himalayan salt crystals hand mined in the Himalayan Mountains
  • Once lit the lamp will emit a calming Amber color
  • Heating the salt with the included bulb releases negative ions into the air, creating an effect similar to an ionizer, purifying the surrounding air

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Christmas Traditions | 5 Christmas Party Ideas!

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We’ve got some great posts to share with you this week on Christmas Traditions & I’d like to get the ball rolling with this fun post shared by Barbie over at CouponingMadeSimple! I sure am getting in the mood for Christmas Parties!

We love Traditions around here and one that makes the holiday season even more fun are the parties.  Here are a few of my favorite Party Ideas:

Cookie Exchange

There are many variations, but the one that I like best is when everyone selects their favorite cookie recipe.  They will need to prepare one dozen cookies for each person attending.  So if you have invited 5 guests each will need to bring 6 dozen cookies.  One dozen for you.  One for them.  And one dozen for each of the remaining 4 guests.
The day before the party have your guests e-mail you their cookie recipes so you can have them printed and ready to distribute.  Be sure to have enough copies of each recipe so that everyone takes home each of the recipes.  While you are at it, make labels for the cookies as well.
Have cute take home containers ready.  Anything from paper plates to Chinese take-out containers work.  Just be sure it is something your guests won’t have to hassle with returning to you.
Be sure to have plenty of goodies and drinks for your guests.  I like serve fruits, veggies, crackers and cheeses so that my guests have something less sweet .  Then just sit back, relax and enjoy your party.


Death By Chocolate

Again, this is for those of us with a sweet tooth.  Ask each of your guests to bring something sinfully delicious with chocolate as the star.  This is a huge favorite with my friends who love chocolate as much as I do.  We like to make this a ladies night only.  Leave the hubbies and kid-o’s home, go to your favorite restaurant for dinner and then have a death by chocolate dessert.  WOW!  Don’t forget to bring copies of your recipe along, as I’m sure everyone will want a copy.



White Elephant or Yankee Swap


The rules for White Elephant Gift Exchange are so varied.  I have played many versions and the one I like best involve a little more competition than the ones where you read a story passing the gifts left and right around a circle.  (Here is a great story if you would like to give it a try:  Left, Right, The Night Before Christmas Game.)

In my family the rules are simple.  We sit in a circle with the gifts in a pile in the middle.  Someone (usually the youngest goes first) picks a present.  They open the gift.  Then it’s the next persons turn.  They may either steal an opened gift or select a present from the pile.  If a gift is stolen, the person who just lost their gift then takes a turn to select a present from the pile or steal a gift from someone else.  We set a limit that a gift can only be stolen 3 times after the initial unwrapping.  That way the game ends, eventually.
The definition of a White Elephant Gift is something that costs more to maintain than is worth.  Keep that in mind while shopping/savaging for your White Elephant Gift, but anything useless is always fun.  A few of the items we “won” last year included:  a large McDonald’s bag of individual servings of ketchup, a Styrofoam head, and a collection of cords to various electronics that had gone the way of the dump.

My mom always hides a treat in her gifts and my grandma usually adds some money somewhere.  So if you know someone who is notorious for adding a little something extra, pay close attention when they add their gifts to the pile and work on your poker face when you open the gift and keep the goodie hidden.  You don’t want to let on you actually got something good.
A word to the wise…don’t pick the “pretty” gift.  In my experience that is always a sign that you are getting something really awful.


Ugly Sweater Party


Ugly Sweater Parties are a fashion show and a party all in one.  What could be better!
First things first…you need an ugly sweater.  HERE is my favorite place to buy them.  Also, check your local thrift and second hand stores.  They usually have some this time of year.
Second:  Plan a few fun games to keep your guests entertained.  Maybe have a White Elephant Exchange.
Third:  Food!  (May I suggest a pot luck) Be sure to have lots and Lots of good things to eat and drink as your guests will be hungry since they will be to embarrassed to go out before the party.  Last year my husband and I, after sitting in the parking lot at the grocery store saying “I’m not going in”  “Well, I’m not going in”, ended up at the McDonald’s drive through and got a bunch of hamburgers and apple pies to take as our pot luck item.  When we got to the party we learned we where not the only ones with the same problem.
Prizes:  Don’t forget you will need prizes for the ugliest, ugly sweater.  My husband who won first place in the Ugly Sweater Contest last year took home a gallon of milk.  The point is, it’s an ugly sweater party…just make it fun.

Caroling Party

All you need to pull a Caroling Party off is:  A group of friends and/or family who enjoy singing, song books, and something hot cocoa or cider and cookies for after the caroling.  You can go door to do or just stay in and gather round the tree and sing.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays.

Mens Electric Razors Best Deals for Christmas

Several readers have been asking for a roundup of mens electric razors BEST deals – so here we go!  I was surprised at how many were on deep discount this time of year – but awesome for us!

My absolute favorite deal on a men’s electric razor is this AWESOME one at Kohl’s:



Norelco 2300 Rotary Razor – $29.99 (Reg $79)
- Use up to 30% OFF Cardholders’ Code (Check your inboxes, we can’t share these!)
- OR everyone can use 20% OFF Code SNOWYDAY
Get back $5 Rebate (found on item page)
Snag FREE Shipping for cardholders with code MVC4FREE
(makes it as low as $15.99 Shipped!)


Philips Norelco 6948XL/41 Shaver 2100 - $24.95 (After you clip the $5 Coupon!)



Braun Series 3-340s Wet & Dry Electric Shaver - $42.99 (reg $80.99)




Philips Norelco Shaver 6100 Model – $69.95 


Braun Series 7-790cc Pulsonic Shaver System, Silver - $144.99 (Reg $288.99)

OR get it for just $149.99 at Walmart.com!

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Christmas Shipping Deadlines 2015


Believe it or not, we’ve once again reached that part of December where you need to get your tail in gear on mailing your Christmas cards, and REALLY hustle for packages!  Here are the Christmas Shipping Deadlines 2015 for the Post Office, FedEx and UPS.  You might also want to keep up with a couple of the major online retailers’ Christmas Shipping Deadlines (listed below) to make sure you get those online gift orders in time…

Free Shipping Day - Dec. 18 is FREE SHIPPING DAY – which means many major retailers, like Walmart, Amazon, and Target, will honor this.  But that doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be guaranteed to get that gift under the tree in time…


Walmart.com – 12/9 is the LAST DAY to receive online orders by Christmas (Although we’ve heard rumors of a 12/19 deadline)


Amazon.com – 12/16 is the cutoff for FREE Super Saver Shipping, while 12/18 is the cutoff for Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping.  Here’s the handy chart from their website:

  • 12/16 – Free Non-Prime Shipping
  • 12/18 – Standard Shipping
  • 12/22 – Free Prime Two-Day Shipping
    (Try out these benefits with a FREE 30-Day Trial of Amazon Prime!)
  • 12/12 – One-Day Shipping (Free 1-Day Shipping and Box with purchase of an Amazon Giftcard)
  • 12/2 – Same-Day Delivery


Target.com - 12/17 or 12/18 will be your last chance to take advantage of their FREE 3-5 Day Shipping, no minimum order required.  If you don’t mind upgrading, 12/22 for Premium Shipping and 12/23 for Express Shipping.


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Christmas Shipping Deadlines 2015:

12/14 – FedEx Smart Post

12/15 – Post Office Standard Post

12/16 – FedEx Ground or Home Delivery

12/18 – UPS 3-Day Select

12/19 – Post Office First Class Mail

12/21 – Post Office Priority Mail ,FedEx Express Saver

12/22 – UPS 2nd Day Air, FedEx 2nd Day or 2nd Day A.M.

12/23 – Post Office Priority Mail Express, UPS Next Day Air, FedEx Overinight

12/25 – FedEx Same Day


White Elephant Gift Ideas (under $20)


Holiday parties often require you to come bearing a White Elephant gift that will make your folks giggle, gasp or groan.  But sometimes YOU’RE the one left scratching your head – just trying to come up with some white elephant gift ideas that haven’t been done to death.  Here are some fun suggestions under $20! (They were at the time of this posting, but Amazon prices change all the time)



Biker Garden Gnome


Three Sloth Moon Shirt


Christmas Story Leg Lamp Nite Lite


 Daschund Corn Cob Holders – Set of 6

Superman + Wonderwoman Aprons (Set of 2!)


Crazy Pattern Workout Leggings – Bananas, Cats with Glasses, Disney Princess….


Horse Head Squirrel Feeder


Go Away Funny Glass Coffee Mug


Matroyshka Dry Measuring Cups, Set of 6




USB Mini Fridge


Dancing with Jesus





Yodelling Pickle



Trump Toilet Paper


Plush Unicorn Slippers for Adults

Pioneer Woman Cookbook on Sale

Score some hot book gifts today only with the 30% OFF Amazon book code HOLIDAY30!  Here are a couple good options for gifts…

The Pioneer Woman Cooks Dinnertime – $11.20 after code



American Girl Mini Dolls for as little as $9.24 (for Rebecca)- because they come with a book they’re included in this deal!


Minecraft Blokopedia - $20.99 (Reg $50)

 Junie B Jones Boxed Set (Books 1-4) for only $9.61

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Please note that Amazon’s prices fluctuate and can change at any time.  Be sure to verify current price before placing your order.  Find more great Amazon Deals in ourAmazon Category!

BEST Christmas Tree Deals | $24 at Walmart, $46 Shipped from Kohls!

Best Christmas Tree Deals! 

We found a couple great deals at Kohl’s on a Pre-Lit 7′ Christmas Tree! (I know several of you have been asking)  You really just can’t find QUALITY 7′ Pre-Lit trees under $100 – so I was thrilled to find these!

St. Nicholas Square® 7-ft. Slim Noble Pine Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree - $89.99 (Reg $179.99)
Use $10 off $50 code HOME10
Stack with 15% OFF Code TURKEY15 or Cardholders use 30% OFF Code TURKEY30
Choose Free Store Pickup or Cardholders use Free Ship code SHIPMVC 

(like paying $45.99!)



Sterling 7′ Pre-Lit Multicolored LED Fairmount Pine Christmas Tree – $199.99 (Reg $399)
Use $10 off $50 code HOME10
Stack with 15% OFF Code TURKEY15 or Cardholders use 30% OFF Code TURKEY30
Choose Free Store Pickup or Cardholders use Free Ship code SHIPMVC
Pay $129.99 ~ Get back $20 Kohl’s Cash
(like paying $109.99!)

If you’ve never shopped for an artificial tree before – I did EXTENSIVE research the last few years when we were searching for one.  I completely assure you that this is a FANTASTIC price for a quality pre-lit tree of this size.



If you’re really on a shoestring budget – Walmart has a couple decent offerings as well.

Holiday Time Unlit 7.5′ Donner Fir Artificial Christmas Tree - $57.93 (was $89)

Holiday Time Pre-Lit 7.5′ Kennedy Fir Artificial Christmas Tree, Clear Lights - $81.17 (Was $99.48)

Holiday Time Unlit 6.5′ Jackson Spruce Green Artificial Christmas Tree - $24 (Reg $40)

Holiday Time Pre-Lit 6.5′ Madison Pine Black Artificial Christmas Tree, Clear Lights - $39


Just for comparison’s sake, check out the Jaclyn Smith trees Kmart has on sale – all of the 7′ trees are on sale for around 1/2 Price right now.  There are some decent deals – like a couple pre-lit trees are around $89 – and you can use code KMART10PSAVINGS for 10% OFF.

But because Kohl’s has such good codes, you’re better off with the Kohl’s trees. :)


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