Last year, for Small Business Saturday, I encouraged my readers to support the brands for which I am an affiliate for but this year, I’ve opened up three online shops and am offering discounts and deals in hopes that you will continue to support this platform and purchase from me.
My Mom Charm Store is an online store of this Parenting blog, Bellyitch Blog. It sells novelty tees, and lifestyle items like mugs, pillows, a fun quirky clock and more.
Finally, my beauty blog, JJBraids, sells hair and if you wear your hair in ethnic braided styles or know someone who does and is looking for a new hairstyle to rock at the Office Holiday party or an upcoming New Year’s Eve bash, invite them to shop my Hair store and get 5% off their purchase when they enter the promocode JJNewbie at checkout!
Today is Cyber Monday! It’s a day when online retailers offer deep discounted prices to internet shoppers, and traditionally occurs the first Monday after Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year and named so because it’s what causes a lot of shops to go into the black, from an accounting perspective.
While I am usually not a big proponent of guilt -tripping or “shaming” parents, I make an exception when it comes to books.
Reading is very crucial to a child’s success in school and life. From knowing vocabulary words in context when taking a test to simply appreciating the value of words and prose, giving a child the gift of books and instills in them a love and appreciation for reading. This is paramount!
You do not have to be wealthy to expose a child to books as in many communities, cities and towns, library books are free! Online, there are depositories of free classics as well.
For $7.95 a month, there is always the option of signing up for a subscription to Epic! and getting access to thousands of titles that a kid can read online, at the library’s computer, or any digital device like a smart phone, tablet or other screen like a Kindle or Wii –good thing those things are good for more than video game playing!
Here is a curated list of 16 award-winning books that would be great to add to your child’s library if they don’t already have one. These would make great gift books for Christmas, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, a birthday, Quinceneara, Bar or Bat Mitzvah and more!
How much would you pay to give your child a head start and leg up on reading, math and all of her subjects in school so s/he comes out on top?
Not all parents can afford to hire an expensive tutor, but luckily we live in an age when technology helps bridge the wealth gap and everyday parents can get online learning tools for free or an affordable price.
This amazing deal is part of a Black Friday special that Age of Learning software company’s leading online early education curriculum for parents, preschools and kindergartens in the United States and Canada is hosting this week through Cyber Monday!
If you don’t know, ABCMouse is used in a lot of pre-schools and elementary schools across the country as a supplement to instruction and training. Kids who have it at home get an advantage…and they are used to it because it’s already a part of their learning and curriculum.
The other good news is that the site is subscription-based so there is no advertising, no pop-up ads, no links to other sites. Children can learn and explore with their parents, or on their own (depending on age and ability), in a safe and secure online educational environment.
Through the program, kids get to explore over 8,500 books, games, songs, puzzles, and art activities, each with specific learning objectives in the subjects of reading, mathematics, beginning science, social studies, art and music.
I’m very excited to see that it’s available for $45 for an entire year!!! Ordinarily, you’re looking at over $100 for a year but you can gift a Godchild, grandkid, cousin or someone else with a kid you love with this subscription and at this low a price, the lowest all year, you cannot beat!
I’m a believer and an affiliate but I signed up and purchased the system for my kid and used it successfully before becoming an affiliate so my opinion and thoughts on how effective this program is genuine and authentic!
Also, other users, like parents, grandparents, Godparents and other family members who have purchased gift subscription for a 2-8 year old they think can benefit from the academic enrichment, report an 85% jump in their kid’s performance after signing up for it so I am in good company!
The testimonials are telling about its value!
To date, more than 10 million children ages 2-8 have completed more than 2 billion learning activities on ABCmouse.com at home, in classrooms, libraries, and other community institutions!
ABCmouse.com has recently launched their comprehensive second-grade curriculum designed to address the learning needs and interests of second-grade students with the goal of preparing them for the critical transition to the third grade.
I don’t know if I can impress upon my readers enough how valuable I think this site is, but I do and can vouch for the fact that it definetly helps your kid read better, do better in math and digest learning materials better!
Give it a shot and please ping me on social media and please please let me know if you see results in your child after using it!
We are well into Cyber Monday, the day after Black Friday when many online merchants offer deep discounts. Previously, just tech companies and companies that sold appliances and other tech products and devices participated in Best Cyber but nowadays many other commercial products and brands sell items as super steep prices.
A lot of sales launch at midnight and only a limited quantity is available. Still, many companies will stock enough to last the entire date. We checked out various online sites and curated lists and came up with THE best deep discounted deals around.
Check them out!
You can get a brand new FREE iPhone 7 today when you select a new upgrade or turn in another phone at Verizon Wireless.
Also, TMobile is giving away a FREE iPhone but it is an iPhone 6. Available through today at TMobile.
How about this $249.99 2 carat blue topaz 18K Gold Brass plated love bracelet for $17.99? Get it at SZUL!
Gamers will adore this ultra widescreen monitor (21:9 ratio) which is like having two monitors in one. This $600 29-inch ultra widescreen LG monitor is designed for gamers and is able to handle high frame rates and intense graphics for $370 off at $230 (save $370). Available at NewEgg now!
You can scoop up this high quality, well -reviewed, top quality 7-inch Amazon Fire for just $33.33 at Amazon,
For a little bit more storage space, you cannot beat Amazon’s new-and-improved Fire HD 8 for $59.99 down from $89.99 after getting $30 at Amazon. com
This petite quilted Charter Club jacket is originally $99 but only $34.99 today with FREE shipping through midnight at Macy’s
Amazon and Walmart both the Fitbit Flex 2 for $70 (down from $100). The Flex 2 is a great low-key fitness tracker. It’s also the only swimproof Fitbit. Available now at Amazon
Go way back to the days of instant film cameras and get nostalgic with Fujifilm’s Instax Instant Film camera. You take a picture with the camera and within seconds have an actual photo you can keep, or give to a friend. It is available for $60 at Target!
The cheapest price you’ll get the fabulous streaming device Roku is at Target fore $30 when you take into account the additional 15% off Cyber Monday deals. Everywhere else it is about $35. Available now at Target.
Amazon’s Echo Dotis already a bargain at $50. Amazon has it on sale for $40 and it is also available now at Amazon!
If you live near a Walmart, you can pick up this 32-inch TV with built-in Roku smarts today for $125, almost half its list price of $228. Available now at Walmart
The new Beats Ep, a wired model, is the company’s most affordable on-ear headphone. It’s reinforced with stainless steel and comes in black, white, red and blue, and sounds pretty close to the wired Solo2, which costs around $150. The Beats Ep is available for $30 off or $99.95 at Best Buy!
Several retailers, including Best Buy and GameStop, are offering $50 off any Xbox One console/bundle, but the best post-Black Friday deal we’ve seen is at Walmart where you can get an Xbox One S 500GB bundle for $250 with your choice of Battlefield 1 or Minecraft, your choice of a 4K Blu-ray (one of four) and a $20 gift card. Available now at Walmart!
Are you ready for Cyber Monday, the day when online merchants and store offer heavy discounts to deal hunters. The day occurs the Monday after Thanksgiving and is a take from the infamous Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
Our friends at E! have compiled an A-to-Z list of online fashion merchants offering deep discounts. Here is a taste of what you can snag:
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Starting Nov. 25, take 25 percent off any pro brushes purchase, 40 percent off Contour Kits (Cream + Powder), 20 percent off the new ABH Stick Foundations, 20 percent off all the brand’s cult-favorite brow products, 10 percent off all ABH Glow Kits and much more!
Enjoy 20–25 percent off full-priced items (excluding Found and BHLDN).
Score a complimentary ‘Run Everything’ T-shirt (for men) or Tank (for women) with purchase of any pair of shoes while supplies last + 10 percent off your purchase.
Starting Nov. 27, take 50 percent off select fall and winter items.
Enjoy 40 percent off site-wide + an additional $10 gift card for future orders to the first 100 customers.
Here is a book to consider getting for your baby this Cyber Monday.
A few years ago I was in a thrift store while looking for a vintage purse and jeans of the reason actual real life “in store” scrummaging may be worth getting in the brick and mortar world every once in awhile. I wandered over to the kids section and picked up this wonderfully creative and interesting book with the Alphabet in it — in 3D!! And it’s called that ABC3D by French designer/artist Marion Bataille.
Check out a video of the book:
Each letter is a crafty work of art that surprises the tiny learner with each page turn. It’s a simple ABC book. In three colors: Red, Black and White, the colors scientists used to say are best for newborns and infants. I wouldn’t leave it alone with a small kid though because some of the pieces are delicate and the transition from X to Y and from E to F is so slight that you can’t open the book all the way to see those preceding letters, but overall, it’s a great pop-up book. I mean for an adult even! It would make a great coffee table book. I was fascinated by the craftsmanship of the letter “U” personally.
Hard copy. I got it for $1.20 and it retails for $19.99 and is sold on Amazon.com for $13.57 (Check out the REVIEWS!). It was nicely used and not stiff as when you probably first pick up a pop-up book never opened before. I’ve picked up gently used children’s classics from consignment shops also. Always make time to shop for the kids there while looking for your vintage broaches and pieces for yourself, divas!
A child could NEVER HAVE too many books. I learned this lesson from my 5-year old who we flooded with books since birth and can already read! (I have to check to what extent his viewing the “My Baby Can Read” series once in a while played a factor and/or his being eager to read just like his big brother can. I’ll get back to ya on that one! LOL!)
There’s still time to grab some of these heavy discounts for this day dedicated to online merchants and started so those who do not have traditional brick-and-mortar stores can also sell their wares to consumers during the busiest shopping time of the year.
The best deal we spotted was PowerSkin which was selling its PoP’n portable iPhone and Android chargers that regularly sell for $49.99 and $59.99 for $.01. Enter code “Penny” at check out! There’s still time to order if supplies are still available: http://www.power-skin.com/popn
Citrus Lane is selling its mom-curate monthly subscription box for kids up to 5-years old to new Subscribers who use the code “CITRUSMON” and will give them their first box – a $29 value — for FREE. The entire site is 25% off today.
Essio is the best thing to happen to showers ever. It clips to any shower and diffuses 100% organic essential oils into the shower water at the perfect rate, rejuvenating the mind and body.
Its having a Cyber Monday Splash!
Thru midnight, Monday, 12/1, get 50% OFF our starter kit + 1 FREE Refill ! Get the starter kit & choose your favorite scent. That’s $65 value for just $22.50 . Ends Midnight, 12/1.
39DollarGlases.com is having a Cyber Monday Sale, and it will be just like the first – $20 or 20% off your glasses order, whichever is greater. Expires 11:59 EST on December 1, 2014.(Discount code: CM20):
The Award-winning bath toy Tubby Table is 30% off.
Kohl’s is having a 20% off site-wide sale with code: CYBERTAKE20, as well as Free Shipping over $25 at Kohl’s thru December 3.
Get an extra 20% off all orders, and a Cyber Monday bonus of 25% off & Free Shipping on all orders with code: YOOXGIVING! Valid 11/26 – 12/1
Farfetch is offering free shipping thru December 18th.