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Cyber Week Sales for Girly Girls Who Love to Shop {2018 Gift Guide}

For that Girly Girl who loves to shop, we’ve got your number: Tons of Sales with discounts all Black Friday-Cyber Week long! Whether you’re on the hunt for a perfect gift or gift card, or you’re looking for a gift for yourself, here are the deals to check out this weekend.

Ann Taylor

50% off everything with code BLACKFRIDAY. Valid 11/22-11/25.

50% off everything with code CYBER2018. Valid 11/25- 11/28.

Ann Taylor LOFT

50% your purchase with code FRIYAY. Valid through 11/24.


Take 25% off site wide + 10% off cosmetics during the Cyber Sale. Valid 11/25-11/27.

Far Fetch 

 Take 20% off sale items with code x20BF. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Kohl’s  Take an extra 20% off site wide with code TAKE20. Valid 11/24-11/28.

Neiman Marcus Last Call 

Black Friday! Shop 40-80% off everything. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Designer Sale! 40% off fall apparel, sport shop and dress collections. Valid 11/19-12/2.

L.L. Bean

20% Off Apparel and Outerwear . Valid 11/21 – 11/27

Lord & Taylor 

Black Friday Sale with code FRIDAY. Valid 11/20-11/25.


Select styles up to 50% off. Valid beginning 11/19. End date TBA.

Neiman Marcus 

Receive $50 off your $200+ regular priced purchase with code THANKFUL. Valid 11/21-11/24.


Receive up to 60% off. Valid 11/22-11/26.

Nordstrom Rack

Black Friday Clearance! Receive an extra 30% off. Valid 11/21-11/26.

Urban Outfitters 

BOGO site wide. Valid 11/21-11/23.


The Thanksgiving Sale! Up to 60% OFF* vast selections. Valid 11/21-11/23.

Saks Off Fifth

Clearance now up to 90% off with code AMAZING.

Sole Society

– Black Friday Weekend: 30% Off All Shoes & Bags. Valid 11/23-11/25.

16 Non Fiction Books About Fearless Females {2018 Gift Guide}

In case you want to get a gift for a young lady for the holidays, a birthday or any ocassion to expand her mind and show her that girls and women can do anything, then check out this list of 16 non-fiction books about fearless women in history.

Through them, girls (and boys) can learn the incredible achievements and stories of Fearless Females, women who shaped the world.

You can gift a Goddaughter, niece, daughter, young cousin access to all of these books totally FREE for one month with an epic! subscription books  membership 

or click to check them out, read reviews and purchase them individually from Amazon or get them from the library free.

Fearless Females,

  1. Basketball Belles – In April 1896, Agnes Morley led her team to victory in the first intercollegiate women’s basketball game, between Stanford and UC Berkeley. ($6.36)
  2. She Takes a Stand by Michael Elsohn Ross : 16 Fearless Activists Who Have Changed the World -Stories of women who dedicated their lives to fight for human rights, civil rights, workers’ rights, reproductive rights, and world peace ($16.80)
  3. For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George : This powerful true story of how one brave girl named Malala changed the world proves that one person really can make a difference. ($7.95)
  4. What’s Your Story, Amelia Earhart? by Jen Barton : Discover how Amelia stood up for other female aviators and the ways she fought for gender equality. ($4.75)
  5. Rosa Parks by Cynthia Amoroso : A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed civil-rights activist Rosa Parks. ($24.65)
  6. Eleanor Roosevelt: First Lady, Humanitarian, and World Citizen by Pam Rosenberg : Introduces the life and accomplishments of first lady and humanitarian, Eleanor Roosevelt. ($28.75)
  7. Sonia Sotomayor: U.S. Supreme Court Justice by Alex Van Tol : Raised by her widowed mother in the housing projects of New York, Sonia Sotomayor has built a life as a jurist and activist. ($12.95)
  8. Condoleezza Rice by Kevin Cunningham : Her intelligence and drive led her to one of the highest-ranking jobs in the White House, secretary of state. ($28.75)
  9. Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Iconic Supreme Court Justice by James Roland : In June of 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second female to serve on the United States Supreme Court. ($31.99)
  10. Sacajawea of the Shoshone by Natasha Yim : From her home to the Missouri River and the waves of the Pacific, Sacajawea traveled farther than any American woman of her time. ($13.90)
  11. Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee : Twenty-six amazing women; twenty-six amazing stories. ($7.95)
  12. Women in Space: 23 Stories of First Flights, Scientific Missions, and Gravity-Breaking Adventures by  Karen Gibson : In Women in Space, author Karen Bush Gibson profiles 23 pioneers, all of whom achieved greatness in orbit. ($17.35)
  13. Engineering: Cool Women Who Design by Vicki V. May , Illustrator – Allison Bruce : Meet three women who are working hard in the engineering field. ($7.95)
  14. Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach : Double Victory tells the stories of African American women who did extraordinary things to help their country during World War II ($7.97)
  15. Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna Lewis : Women of Steel and Stone tells the stories of 22 determined women who helped build the world we live in. ($16.36)
  16. World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers by Michael Elsohn Ross : A World of Her Own profiles 24 fascinating women from as the 1800s through today who have lived lives of exploration and adventure ($12.50)

Brain Boosters: Give Non-Toy Educational Gifts This Year {2018 Gift Guide}

During the Holiday season, parents often get carried away indulging their children’s wishes and desires for getting the latest video game

or hot toy. But if your budget allows it or if there are family members who will be also purchasing items for the kids, you may want to consider picking up

something for them that will enrich their education and schooling.  Here are 12 gift ideas to consider that could amplify or supplement every subject your child may be learning about in school:

Social Studies: A Globe – Having a globe in the home is an excellent way to teach your children that the world does not consist of the narrow confines of their town or block.  After they receive their new globe, at least once a week, have them spin the globe, cover their eyes and point to a random location. Then head off to Google more about that location, its climate, topography, culture and traditions. It’s a great way to instill a value and interest in travel and keep them focused on doing what they need to do to travel on their own to exotic locations some day.

Try this Amazon best seller, an illuminated 8″ World Globe for Kids with Standd  with build in LED for a Night View ($29) and Colorful, Easy-Read Labels of Continents, Countries, Capitals & Natural Wonders ($30)

Science: A Microscope – Getting a child an age-appropriate microscope is a great way for them to explore the basic molecular elements of various household items.  They can use it to check out everything from a carpet fiber, to a dead beetle to their own eyelash. One of the fastest, if not the fastest, growing job sector is science, technology, engineering and math.  Owning a microscope could enhance an interest in the science field, which will ultimately mean more job prospects for the future.

Amscopes’ 48-piece beginner biological microscope kit offers 120X, 240X, 300X, 480X, 600X and 1200X magnifications and is a better grade than the toy scopes but less costly than professional grade ones. It’s down from $61 to $30 on its website.

Physical Education: A Ball or Bike – One of the reason there is a childhood obesity epidemic in the United States and other regions of

the world is that in this digital age, children spend most of their spare time playing video games or watching TV indoors. Something like a bat and ball,

basketball or bike will give you as a parent and the kid an opportunity to get out and get moving. A gift that encourages physical activity could help combat or delay the onset of childhood obesity.

For a younger child Strider’s 12 sport balance bike is great for an 18 month to 5-year old. ($107) For kids up to 9 years old, try Royalbaby RB14B-6B BMX Freestyle Kids Bike ($93+)

Math:  A math App or annual subscription to an online math enrichment program – If you have an iPad, iPhone, Android phone or

desktop or Library access to a computer, you can find apps or other online programs that are tutorials and created to help children improve their math

skills. Many programs around now include fun games that help kids learn while enjoying their experience. If it’s not so much like school and similar to fun games they already play, you may get them hooked!

For younger kids, I like ABC Mouse for younger kids which right now is $59.95 for a year, a savings of close to half off for the Holiday season and when they got older, we purchased and use and love IXL math for up to 12th grade to keep our kids ahead of the class. It is $13.95 but well worth the investment in a child!

Reading: Books – It is said that each child should have a library consisting of 1,000 books in their bookshelves. These days, some parents are more likely to amass a large collection of DVDs and movies for their kids than books. However, reading teaches children about comprehension and helps them in reading  composition later in life. Also, their vocabulary and grasp of terms and complex concepts improve the more they read.  You can even get  them those silly Diary of a Wimpy Kid or BigNate  comic books, but make sure you try to find a book series with chapters in it too.

I recommend investing in a subscription service like  Epic! and get access to thousands of books each month for $7.99

Art  The often forgotten about part of STEAM education is the Arts. Stimulate a budding artists mind by investing in some pencils, charcoals, and a sketch pad and/or easel so they can create.

For your younger artist, I like Paw Patrol’s Carry Along Art Case ($11)

Music Music education is disappearing from schools as states deal with budget deficits and music lessons can be expensive. Fortunately, there are online programs and apps for free and low cost that can  help guide a child interested in learning an instrument. Invest in an instrument for the Holidays. We rent to owned instruments at the largest US retailer for musical instruments, Music & Arts.

For your singing Nightingales, let them explore their singing skills and have fun with everyone Lucky Voice Blue Mic Karaoke Kit ($80).

Christmas, Hannukah, Ramadaan or whatever holiday celebrated in December can be educational and include gifts that will help better your child in school. And they can be loads of fun too!

Gift Guide: 9 Unique Items Your Kid’s Favorite Teacher will Love!

There is nothing like Daylight Savings time and darker evenings and chillier nights to remind you that Winter is coming and so his Holiday Gifting season. Parents often want to give their child’s teacher a nice gift as a thank you for the school year. In a lot of school systems, it may be not permissible to spend too much money on a gift so I curated a guide of 9 unique and thoughtful novelty gifts, all under $20, that would put a smile on the face of your child’s fave teacher and may be used in the classroom for years to come, even…

  1. Tears of My Students Gift Mug – $13.49

This funny mug by Tekoware is microwave and dishwasher safe and is a clever take off of the “tears” drinking-memes in the Internet e.g. drinking the tears of someone who is whining or complaining. Typically, it is short for “save it! I’m not falling for it.” A teacher with a good sense of humor would appreciate this mug.

2. Math Wall Clock – $15.95

This unique clock signals the time with a simple math equation that equals the number that would ordinarily be on an average clock. This novel gift would warm your kid’s math teacher’s face and make a fun classroom ornament.


3. Handmade leather Journal –  $16.99

Any teacher would appreciate this eco-friendly handmade leather cover journal by The Great Indian Bazaar. It is not lined so it can be used to jot down notes, doodle, sketch, as a recipe book, organizer or travel journal. It is unisex and can be given to a male or female teacher. It has an old world charm to it.


4. Camera print Pillow – $9

The art or photography class teacher will just love this linen cotton covered pillow featuring an old time camera on it. The 100%  natural blend pillow by Monkeysell is 18×18 shaped and is a delightful and attractive home decor item that can also be used to support teacher’s back during a long or late afternoon class.

5. Field Notes -$12.95

Whether it’s a teacher retreat or planning day or a continuing education lecture, every teacher needs to organize and chronicle her mental notes into some nice space. This 3-pack of field notes journals is perfect and functional. Show your fave teacher that you got her back!

6. Aloe Vera Eye Mask – $15.99

Though every teacher considers his/her students to be perfect angels, there is no doubt that s/he need some pampering and self-care time to decompress after challenging lesson or after grading 30 papers on the Gettysburg address. Phew!! Give her some eye relief with these aloe-vera eye gels that can be cool or hot.

7. Composition Notebook Tote – $18.00

The one thing that is on every school supply list every year is a composition book. And wouldn’t it be cute to gift your teacher this 100% cotton tote made of a print like that same book? The company “Out of Print” makes this bag and gives to charity one bag for each bag purchased. Your gift to teacher would also give back! How perfect! With this gift, your teacher will be the talk of the next teacher convention or retreat!

8. Funny Socks 5-pack –  $19.99

These fun socks by Socks n Socks come with science, nature studies and other school subject themes printed on them. They are a zany but fun gift for any teacher. They have spandex in them and can fit anyone wearing men shoe size 7 -12.

9. Peace and Tranquility Candle – $13.00

During the busy school  year,  your teacher may not realize sitting in a room while a scented aromatherapy candle burns may be just the therapy s/he needs after a rough semester. You can come to your fave teacher’s rescue by gifting her/him Chesapeake Bay candle company’s Peace and Tranquilty candle from its Mind and Body collection. If permissible, teach can burn this candle after recess to get rid of that gym class funk! ha!

Teacher Appreciation Week is this week: 15 Last Minute Ideas Sites

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. If you haven’t already figured out what to get for your child’s teacher yet, here are 15 websites and links with ideas and suggestions to get you started!  But first, do check out the ideas we shared with you in our Holiday gift guide post as many of those were under $10!
Gifts to Make for Teachers
When you make gifts for your child’s teachers you will be putting a little bit of yourself into each gift.  It will be personalized for her and not something that she will receive from 10 other students.  Try to make the gifts useful, like making her a grocery bag.  She would think of you every time she used the bag to carry home groceries.  Think how many years it would last.  Now that many teachers are getting an iPad and other types of tablets, they might need to have a sleeve to protect it.  These ideas and others can be found in these five blog posts.
Gifts to Buy for Teachers
Sometimes teachers receive a lot of gifts that they can’t really use.  How many candles do you really need?  When asked, teachers will most likely say that it’s the thought that counts, but if they are honest they would tell you that gift cards are always appreciated.  These five blog entries share ideas for gifts using store bought items put together in a creative way.
Ideas on a Budget In this economy, the budget to celebrate might be on the small side.  You can find things to do for the teachers that will pamper them without breaking the bank.  Instead of catering a lunch in, see if you can get parents to bring in a covered dish.  For other ideas on how to celebrate teacher appreciation week on budget check out these five blog articles.
Good Luck!

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