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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.
Buy here: https://amzn.to/2KSQNYZ





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/


Jun 26, 2019

Target Announces 2019 Deal Days


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Well, well, well... Target has announced Target Deal Days. They say its their biggest sale of the summer "On July 15 and 16, 2019, guests can enjoy deals on top national and only-at-Target brands across categories like home and apparel. And there’s no need to wait days to get purchases with Target’s same-day delivery and pickup options."

“Last year’s Target.com One-Day Sale was one of our biggest days of the year for online sales,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “This year, we’re giving guests more discounts across even more of our assortment with two days to save on hundreds of thousands of items and offering the best options in retail for delivery and pick up on their terms, including same-day.”

Target says their Deal Days offers will include rarely-on-sale, exclusive home, apparel and toy brands, discounts on hundreds of thousands of items and new deals each day.  In store pick-up and Shipt delivery will be available. You can also take advantage of free two-day shipping when you spend $35 or use your Target REDcard. 

This is a day more than Target's One Day Sale last year and obviously an attempt to cut into the Prime Day pie. Anything that will hook me up with savings is a-ok in my book so I'm pretty excited for 2 days of Target deals.No specifics have been released but I'm hoping for some deals on their clothing brands. They have really stepped it up with their in house brands so I'd love to see deals on A New Day, Wild Fable, and Cat and Jack items.

As always, I will be live blogging the sale in my Facebook group; make sure to join so you don't miss out on the fun (and deals!). Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/dailydealdetectives/

I'll continue to update as more info is released so make sure to check back!

Make sure to check out my other posts on all the July Super Sales!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: http://www.leanandgreenfrugalliving.com/2019/06/2019-nordstrom-anniversary-sale-guide.html

Prime Day: http://www.leanandgreenfrugalliving.com/2019/06/ultimate-guide-to-amazon-prime-day-2019.html




Jun 22, 2019

Ultimate Guide to Amazon Prime Day 2019

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Ahhhh! July is almost here and that means my three favorite sales are creeping up closer... Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Hallmark Ornament Premiere, and Prime Day!

What is Prime Day?

Prime Day is a HUGE sale event where Amazon Prime members can enjoy lightning deals, Deals of the Day, and other promotions and is similar to Black Friday. Prime Day 2017 sales were higher than the 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined! Every year it just seems to get bigger and there are usually some good deals in the week leading up to it. Last year over 100 million products were purchased by members in 17 countries. The official Prime Day Page  can be found here.

Jun 17, 2019

2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Guide

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If you are like me you've been counting down the days until the Anniversary Sale! New to the NSale?  Don't worry- I'll hook you up with all the important details.

What Is It?

Simply put it's Nordstrom's biggest sale of the year. It's become legendary. It's “our biggest fashion event of the year… for outstanding savings on the most exciting new fall merchandise, along with plenty of stuff for summer.” That's what makes it so unique; it's not just clearanced out old merchandise but rather deep discounts on new releases! Up to 75% off!


May 21, 2019

My Spring 2019 Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale Favorites

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The sale doesn't *officially* start until 5/22 but Nordies is already starting to soft load sale items and the deals are HOT! I will be updating this post as more items load so check back frequently! Shop them all in the widget below!



Apr 30, 2019

Less Mess Arts and Crafts! A Few of My Favorites!

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My kids love to do art and create.  And I LOVE how creative they are. Honestly. BUT, they might be the two messiest children on the planet. I love them dearly but they are a hot mess. My little artists have colored and painted on almost every surface imaginable. My walls bare the reminders of their mural masterpieces. Because of their *ahem* affinity for unconventional canvases I have become somewhat of an expert on washable and mess free art supplies. I feel like I have tried it all and have carefully curated a collection of art supplies that will inspire their creativity while maintaining what's left of my sanity.

Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Crayons

These are the only crayons I allow in my home. I threw all of the other ones away. These are INCREDIBLE. They wipe off with just plain water. To date I have had to clean them off of walls, wood furniture, glass, upholstery, laminate flooring, carpet, and clothing. They have never failed me. They come in larger sizes for little hands and the regular size. I find them a bit more brittle than traditional crayons but I will gladly accept more broken crayons in the name of clean walls.


Apr 26, 2019

Amazon Prime Announces 1-day shipping instead of 2 for Prime Members

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Amazon CFO Brian Olsavsky announced during the company’s first quarter 2019 earnings call that it’s working to provide free one-day shipping for Amazon Prime customers instead of the free two-day Prime shipping currently offered under the program. “We’re currently working on evolving Prime two-day to Prime one-day,” said Olsavsky.

It's going to take some time to roll out this perk to all customers. “We’re already starting down this path,” claims Olsavsky. “We’ve expanded the number of zip codes eligible for one-day shipping.” I live near a warehouse and have already noticed one day shipping as an option on some items. There isn't a set timeline announced but I would imagine people closer to shipping hubs will receive it first with more rural customers having a longer wait.

What do you think about the announcement? Are you excited or ambivalent? Let me know in the comments.

If you haven't tried Prime you can sign up for a free 30 day trial here: https://amzn.to/2XEaGXo


Mar 11, 2019

March Budget-Friendly Fashion Round-Up: Spring Transition Wardrobe

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ideas for transitioning wardrobe to spring


When considering what to write about for the March Budget-Friendly Fashion Round-Up I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to focus on- Spring Transition Wardrobe ideas! Like much of the country, our weather has been oscillating between winter and spring temps (with some summer ones as well). Planning an outfit has become downright comical and I'm never sure what to expect from one day to the next. We tend to have really cool mornings that heat up by midday. For example, this morning we had frost on the roof when we woke up and it was 80* at lunch time. Because of this drastic variation throughout the day layers are essential for me.

In addition to outer layer ideas that are on trend and easy on the budget, there are some other fun pieces to make the most of this transition season. I tried to make sure to include some that can also make the leap into summer. There are some trendy pieces mixed in with some closet staples.


Feb 28, 2019

FREE PRINTABLE: St. Patrick's Day Craft Dot Marker Relief Shamrock

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This FREE PRINTABLE St. Patrick's Day Craft: Dot Marker Relief Shamrock is a super fun activity for toddlers and preschoolers.

I don't know how everyone else has been doing but I have been slacking on seasonal crafts since Christmas. I totally phoned in Valentine's Day. So I decided I better get something together for St. Patrick's Day so my kids don't feel completely neglected (j/k they probably don't give a crap either way).


Jan 20, 2019

Instant Pot Chicken Wild Rice Soup Panera Dupe

***Post contains affiliate links. This means I earn a small commission off of purchases made through the links***This Instant Pot chicken and wild rice recipe is a great copycat for the Panera soup. It is creamy and delicious! Super quick and easy!

I'm not a food blogger so you won't find 45 perfectly lit food photos on my recipe posts. I'm just a mom trying to make dinner before my kids dismantle the house. Take out food when I don't have a plan for dinner or our meat wasn't thawed was a huge budget drain for us. My Instant Pot has been awesome for saving me on days when the meat is STILL frozen. This soup is creamy and delicious! I love it for chilly days. To me this is the ultimate comfort food. We are a gluten free family so this soup is naturally gluten free but it would be so good served with crusty French bread! Soup is one of the few ways I can get my littles to eat veggies so I try to make it frequently and the Instant Pot makes it so much faster. Plus, I ALWAYS have leftovers which saves me another night of cooking.