Kiwi Co. is currently offering a 50% off coupon for all new subscriptions. Simply use this affiliate link with the code SPOOKY50 to get your first box for as low as $9.97 for your first box. This 50% off is an awesome deal and is only valid through November 3. NOW is the time to order a Kiwi Co. crate to gift for Christmas.
As I have shared before, we are HUGE fans of the STEM subscription service for kids ages 0-16+. We have been paying subscribers for eight years and have tried pretty much all the crates. Right now we subscribe to three crates:
* Kiwi Crate for my 5-year-old
* Doodle Crate for my 9-year-old
* Tinker Crate for my 12-year-old
With this offer, crates are only $9.95 and they ship free, so this is the PERFECT time to sign up.
There is NO commitment and it is super easy to cancel if you don't want to continue getting boxes each month (just a click of a button!). Such a fun idea!
Crates are really fun for kids on their own or as a bonding activity with you. They are also perfect for fall break, weekends or a random weeknight. Enjoying Kiwi Co. crates with my kids is something I genuinely love. They have said multiple times over the years that they wish we could get them every week – ha!
Please don't miss this. Click here to get 50% off your first crate – don't forget the coupon spooky50.
This week only, get $10 off a $50 Lego purchase on Amazon (affiliate links used in this post). Many of the LEGOs included in the sale are already marked down, making this an awesome coupon to take advantage of. Since LEGOs rarely go on sale, this is an awesome time to buy LEGOs to gift this holiday season. I found LEGOs in just about every line: Harry Potter, Lego Friends, Marvel, City and so many more.
Be sure to look for the $10 off notation on the LEGO listing.
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If you like styling services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club, you must try Wantable (affiliate links used in this post). Wantable provides styling to men and women, sending you seven items to try at home. You pay a $20 styling fee, but it applies to anything that you keep and you get 20% off if you keep 5 or more items. Shipping is free both ways.
Through Halloween, you can get $31 off your first Wantable box, which basically means free money to apply to anything you keep. Since products start at around $40 in their active box, this means almost free clothes. I also found reviews that reported jewelry for $30!
Wantable offers two types of boxes for women – the style box (apparel and accessories) or the active box (workout clothes/loungewear), and an active box for men. If you have separate email addresses, you and your spouse could both order boxes and get the $31 credit.
I just ordered my first box, so I will be sure to report back, but seriously, this is too good not to try. My sister just got her first active box, loved it, told me I had to order and just ordered her second box. She has picky, but excellent taste, so this is a very good endorsement if she said to check it out.
Wantable also offers plus sizes and free exchanges!
Click here to activate the free $31 credit and order your first box before this offer expires on October 31.
Tarte is having a huge sale — get 7 popular make-up items for just $63 shipped (valued at over $200). Affiliate links used in this post.
This sale was wildly popular last year and I am so glad they brought it back.
How to build your custom kit:
Pick your makeup bag
Fill it with 6 full-size products – one from each of the following categories:
The best part of this deal is that you can get my favorite Tarte Shape Tape Foundation for Just $9 instead of $39!
I literally use this make up every single day and with this sale, you are getting it all at drugstore prices. Colors will sell out, so do not wait to shop this sale.
This sale ends Thursday, October 29, 2020.
Filed Under: Frugal Living
This post is sponsored by Responsibility.org.
This week, my oldest was supposed to go back to school for in-person learning, but the decision was made to keep the middle school virtual because of the rising COVID-19 cases in Nashville. He had started a new school this year and was eager to meet a few people in person, but alas, we will keep doing the best we can during this difficult time. As you can imagine, we all experienced a lot of emotions about the change, especially Elias. We had honest conversations, cried a bit and just gave space to discuss it all.
Parenting during this time is not easy, but the challenges we are experiencing… we are all experiencing them!
Responsibility.org, which encourages a lifetime of responsible choices about alcohol and a lifetime of meaningful conversations with our kids, had a Zoom chat with some writers and Meghan Leahy. Meghan is a parent coach, she writes the parent advice column for the Washington Post and she recently published a book, “Parenting Outside the Lines”. She gave some great insights about we as parents might be experiencing during this tough time.
Rupture is normal
This was one of the core issues Meghan talked about and it is so validating. Rupture is the meltdowns, the chaos, maybe some yelling, some tantrums and/or outbursts. Sound familiar? These things are happening to all of us. Experiencing these things means we are present with them. It's also important to acknowledge that everything isn’t perfect right now, and we might be struggling. That is okay and normal.
Curiosity is imperative
Curiosity is kind and makes room for mistakes. I talk about this in Stretched Too Thin. Being curious allows us to consider why we lose patience or yell, or helps us explore with our child why they might have lost control in a moment. It also shifts our perspective, cultivates growth and creates space to see what happened and how you can behave differently the next time instead of internalizing the shame. Furthermore, curiosity helps us understand patterns in our behaviors so we can recognize the causes (was everyone hungry?) and work towards avoiding the repetition of the rupture. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, it leads to an authentic apology, which is important for kids to hear from parents, just as it is for kids to take ownership of doing.
Being honest and curious, allowing for mistakes and apologizing and talking about them – builds trust, builds honesty and helps manage stress – all of which is the kind of role modeling we all strive for in front of our kids. I love when Meghan said, “We are raising people for down the road!” This is such a good and simple reminder. Also, stress management helps mitigate turning to alcohol as a coping mechanism, and building a solid foundation in our kids, families, and selves. These values will go a long way to making good decisions
Resiliency is inevitable
This time is one we will never forget, in large part because it is helping us build resiliency. We are being stretched and refined. Anything that builds resiliency is going to be difficult at times, but that is when the most growth happens. Reminding ourselves and our kids of this truth is comforting. Take time to talk to your kids about resilience and what it means. Ask them to give examples of how they are learning it in their own lives.
Coming together is necessary
Have regular family meetings (formal or informal) to give space for discussion, venting, and asking for help. This can also be an opportunity to plan something fun together, as intentional acts can be especially meaningful when things are out of balance. By giving everyone time to have a voice, respect is cultivated and honored.
I hope these ideas encourage you. We can do hard things and each of us is doing the best that we can, right now, in this. Your experiences are valid and real. Be patient and kind to yourself and your loved ones.
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