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Oct 10, 2019

Toys r Us is BACK!

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Tru Kids Brands™ (which are the new owners of the Toys R Us Brand) partnered with Target to provide their new online service.


Last year when Toys R Us closed it broke my heart. It felt like a piece of my childhood was lost forever. So I would be a big fat liar if I said I wasn't excited that they are officially back online! AND it's just in time for the holidays.

Tru Kids Brands™ (which are the new owners of the Toys R Us Brand) partnered with Target to provide their new online service. Per a press release, "ToysRUs.com relaunched today with videos and articles on the latest toy trends and brands. It has in-depth product reviews, hot toy lists to help shoppers pick out the perfect toys and gifts for kids of all ages. Ready to buy something? The site will automatically link you to the same product page on Target.com to make the purchase."

I did some poking around on the new site and basically it funnels to Target with a "buy now at Target" button. You then complete your purchase at Target.com like you normally would. There are also toy trend lists, printables, and DIY activity ideas.

"This fall, Toys“R”Us will open experiential retail stores in Houston, Texas, and Paramus, New Jersey—specially designed to help families make memories as they discover the hottest new toys in person." If the item you want isn't in stock associates will help your order it online from Target.

I have to be honest, I was hoping for a bit more on the online side but perhaps this will pave the way for more services and experiences in the future. I'm very interested in seeing what the response is to the new brick and mortar stores. What are your thoughts? Are you excited about the new TRU?
Sep 2, 2019

Styling A Long Sweater Three Ways for Fall

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I show you three ways to style my new favorite sweater from Old Navy. The length is perfect- long enough to wear with leggings but not so long that it looks like a dress. The material is soft and the fit is true to size.


I keep dumping pumpkin spice in my coffee but apparently that's not enough to get Mother Nature to take a hint and give us sweater weather. That's ok; I'm not going to let a little thing like 95* temps stop me from styling my new favorite sweater. I just cranked the AC down for a bit lol. I saw this Old Navy Sweater on a bunch of my blogging friends who all raved about how great it was. So, naturally, I ordered two of them! After trying it on I quickly saw what all the fuss was about. The length is perfect- long enough to wear with leggings but not so long that it looks like a dress. The material is soft and the fit is true to size.

When styling it I played around with tucking it in but ultimately decided to keep it long. I like the continuity with the pictures plus the length is probably my favorite part of the sweater and I wanted to feature it. I have it in both pink and squash but decided to style the pink one for this post.

Aug 25, 2019

Hot Toys 2019


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Predictions for the hot toys of 2019. Knowing what’s predicted to be popular is, in my opinion, incredibly valuable information if you want to avoid the craziness that often hits in November. I don’t recommend anyone rush out and buy everything on the list but if there’s something you KNOW your kid can’t live without it would behoove you to grab it early before the insanity ensues.

It feels completely unreal that I’m writing this post already! Does anyone else feel like this year is flying by? But here we are; it’s almost the end of August which means all the new toys for the holiday season will start being released. Predicting what toys will be hot for the holidays is far from an exact science and often I feel a lot like professor Trelawny in Harry Potter with my guesses. But, last year’s post WAS pretty spot on. Knowing what’s predicted to be popular is, in my opinion, incredibly valuable information if you want to avoid the craziness that often hits in November. I don’t recommend anyone rush out and buy everything on the list but if there’s something you KNOW your kid can’t live without it would behoove you to grab it early before the insanity ensues.


Normally I’m further ahead on my Christmas shopping than I am now. We just had a round of birthdays and we feel overrun with toys right now so it’s hard to justify grabbing things when I don’t feel like they NEED anything. They also are at ages where interests are fleeting so I’m not sure what will be THE toy this year where as last year at this time my oldest had already settled on Nerf Laser Shooters. If I’m completely honest it’s driving me a little batty because I like to be prepared. So… do as I say and not as I do and be prepared early.

Baby Shark x Fingerlings

If you were in my Daily Deal Detectives group 2 years ago you will remember the craziness of Fingerling stockings. I feel like I spent endless hours randomly checking product pages hoping to catch them for my readers and the endless refreshing of pages still haunts me. All of the other Baby Shark crossover toys have been pretty popular and I suspect this one will follow suit.
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Aug 13, 2019

Avoid Morning Meltdowns! How We Organize School Clothes For The Week

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Avoid Morning Meltdowns how we organize school clothes for the week


I'm almost hesitant to write this post because I'm afraid of jinxing myself lol. BUT I think we have a system that is going to work for D and for me and I'm excited. Elementary school starts ridiculously early here so having as many systems in place to save time and tantrums are a MUST! This is by far the most elaborate of those systems but I feel the investment on Sunday night is well worth the payoff.


Aug 5, 2019

Easy Instant Pot Barbecue Shredded Chicken



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This  BBQ Shredded Chicken was so easy to make and packed a very flavorful punch. It’s also super easy to customize to your taste by switching up the brand of BBQ sauce. I love that I can throw frozen chicken into the pot and dinner is ready in 30 minutes.


This recipe was developed out of necessity. It was yet another night when our chicken had not thawed all the way and it’s just too darn hot for soup. My Instant Pot has seriously saved my butt so many times when food hasn’t thawed (or I just forgot to take it out of the freezer at all). I’ve posted other Instant Pot recipes that don’t require chicken to thaw and I think they may be my favorite kind. This  BBQ Shredded Chicken was so easy to make and packed a very flavorful punch. It’s also super easy to customize to your taste by switching up the brand of BBQ sauce. This serves 3-4 people but could easily be doubled for larger families.



Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts (1.5-2lbs of chicken)
  • ½ cup finely chopped onion
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1.5 tbs of brown sugar (you can add more if you want it sweeter)
  • ½ cup chicken broth (you can use water in a pinch)
  • 1 ¼ cup BBQ Sauce- we like to use Stubbs Original b/c it’s Gluten Free)

Jul 18, 2019

My Top 10 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Must Haves 2019


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With Public Access starting tomorrow, #nSale excitement is at a fever pitch! Popular items are most likely going to sell out and being prepared to cart items fast is essential to scoring what you want. The problem is that there are THOUSANDS of items to sift through and it can be down right overwhelming. I asked my facebook group if they wanted a full try-on post and the response was mixed. After thinking it over I decided to give you my list of Top 10 must haves from the sale.

Steve Madden Studded Mules

If you only buy one pair of shoes during the anniversary sale these are the ones to buy! They are so versatile; they can be dressed up or down and are equally great for playdates, the work place, or a night on the town. They come in black, gray, mustard, and a snake print that keeps selling out. I was pretty torn between grey and black and ultimately went with black because I need to replace my black work flats.

Jul 13, 2019

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access Top Picks

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I'll put my try on post together later when I have more time but for now I wanted to share my picks for items worth checking out during Early Access to the #NSale. There are some awesome beauty buys along with a good mix summer and winter clothes. Make sure to scroll all the way through the widgets to see them all! For some sneak peaks, this or that, and save and splurge posts make sure to join my Facebook group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydealdetectives/