Daily Deals 5/23/14

Memorial Day Weekend is HERE, which means TONS of new deals with extra savings. I’ll be posting what I think is the best savings, but don’t stop there! Many stores allow you to combine promotions so be sure to keep your eyes open while shopping.

Deals:

  • Joann’s: 20% off your total purchase with military id (including dependent id), plus extra 50% off red tag fabrics
  • Babies R Us: Buy 1 get 1 50% off Huggie’s Little Swimmers
  • Kohl’s: $10 off your purchase of $25 or more with code ‘HONOR10’
  • Michael’s: Take 25% off your entire purchase with coupon in store or online with code ’25MEMORIAL’
  • Sears: I STRONGLY suggest you check this one out… just yesterday I saved A TON of money: Extra 30% off clearance **note: check out Carter’s 4pc PJs now only $6.99… you can’t beat that ANYWHERE** plus 25% off women and kids shoes with code ‘SHOE25’, and 15% off clothes and accessories with code ‘SAVE1510’

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

  • Macy’s: Win 1 of 8900 Macy’s gift cards ranging from $10 to $500
  • Redbox: Text the word ’email’ to 727272. After they reply to you, send back your email address & they will send you a FREE rental code good for 2 weeks.
  • Julep: FREE 5 Piece gift valued over $80, just pay $2.99 shipping
  • Enter to win a free Galaxy Tab 3

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what stores you’d like to see on this list.

Daily Deals 5/22/14

Memorial Day Weekend is approaching, which means TONS of new deals with extra savings. I’ll be posting what I think is the best savings, but don’t stop there! Many stores allow you to combine promotions so be sure to keep your eyes open while shopping.

Deals:

  • Gymboree: Free shipping today only, plus $5.99 mix & match and $7.99 dresses
  • Crazy 8: Graphic tees & skirts $4.99 and under
  • Payless: Up to 50% off select styles plus free shipping over $35
  • Kohl’s: 30% off swim, plus extra 20% off swim with code ‘SWIM20’
  • Stride Rite: 60% off select styles (this is BIG… they do not have sales often)
  • Carters: Everything 50% 0ff or more
  • Osh Kosh: 60% off swim, extra 25% off clearance
  • Sears: Extra 30% off clearance **note: check out Carter’s 4pc PJs now only $6.99… you can’t beat that ANYWHERE** plus 25% off women and kids shoes with code ‘SHOE25’, and 15% off clothes and accessories with code ‘SAVE1510’

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

  • Yogi Tea: Send a FREE sample of Yogi Tea to a friend & have them send you one back
  • Julep: FREE 5 Piece gift valued over $80, just pay $2.99 shipping
  • Enter to win a free EOS Lip Balm 5 Pack

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what stores you’d like to see on this list.

Daily Deals 5/21/14

Deals:

  • Payless: Last day for 30% off everything, plus extra 20% off with code ‘ZZ20’
  • Macy’s: Extra 20% off at Macy’s Memorial Day Sale through 5/26
  • Kohl’s: $10 off when you purchase $25 or more with code ‘MEMORIES’ plus 50% off sale
  • Victoria’s Secret: Buy on get one 50% off Pink Swim with code ‘DOUBLESWIM’
  • Amazon: Shop Father’s Day deals!

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what stores you’d like to see on this list.

Blueberry Lemon Layer Cake

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This cake is truly to die for. We made if for Mother’s Day this year, and even my husband who doesn’t like cake (who doesn’t like cake?!?!) actually ate an entire piece. Follow this recipe for the most wonderful, vibrant and moist cake you’ve ever tasted.

What you’ll need:

Cake

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (light)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see 3rd cake step for how to make your own)
  • 3 lemons- zest and juice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh blueberries

Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 and 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk or half & half)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

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First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Now make your cake. If you have one, use a handheld or stand mixer. If not, just use those muscles and do it by hand. Be sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as you go to get everything mixed in there.

  • First, beat butter until creamy in a large bowl. Then, add granulated and brown sugars and beat until creamed. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until everything is combined.
  • Second, in a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Give it a stir to mix them evenly.
  • Third, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Once they are combined, add the buttermilk, lemon zest and lemon juice. The batter should be very thick. *Note- to make your own buttermilk, simply put 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice (or vinegar) into a measuring glass. Then add milk until you reach the 1 cup marker. Give it a stir, and after about 5 minutes you’ll have DIY buttermilk.
  • Fourth, fold in the blueberries. Be careful not to over mix because your blueberries will make everything blue, and your batter could end up tough.
  • Fifth, evenly distribute into three prepared cake pans. Bake for 20-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of your cake comes out clean. If you only have two cake pans, you will need to adjust your baking time. Remove from the oven when done, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

To make the frosting, you’ll get the best results if you use a mixer (and won’t be incredibly sore the next day).

  • First, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth.
  • Then, add half of confectioner’s sugar and 1 Tablespoon cream (or milk). Then add remainder of confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract, and salt until fully combined. Don’t forget to scrape down the sides as you go. At this point, your frosting should be slightly runny, but not so much so that it won’t stick to your cake. If it is still thick, add another Tablespoon of cream (or milk) to thin it out.

Ready to put it all together? Admittedly, I am the most horrible cake froster in the world. I can never get it to look smooth… or even. So for this part, use your own best frosting techniques!

  • First, if your cakes have rounded tops, use a serrated knife to cut straight across so your cake won’t be crooked. I skipped this step because my cakes were pretty flat.
  • Second, place your first cake layer on whatever surface you want it to end up on. Evenly cover the top with frosting. Repeat with next layers.
  • Third, frost the top of your cake and spread over the sides. This is where your own personal frosting technique should take over, because mine is of no help. Essentially, you want to make sure the entire cake is covered with frosting. If you can achieve that, you’re a champ in my book.
  • If you’d like, top with remaining blueberries and a lemon garnish.

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Enjoy! I hope yours turns out as delicious as ours did.

Daily Deals 5/20/14

Deals:

  • Crazy 8: Everything $10.99 and under sale
  • fabric.com: Up to 65% off clearance fabrics
  • elf.com: Great make up deals- buy on get one 50% off with code ‘BOGO50’
  • Carter’s: Everything 50% off or more
  • Amazon: Frozen 2 Disc Deluxe Edition Soundtrack on sale for $14.88

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

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Daily Deals 5/19/14

Deals:

  • ULTA: Buy 2, get 2 free ULTA brand beauty
  • ideeli: Melissa & Doug toys up to 50% off
  • Amazon: Save $80 on Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE Refurbished

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

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Daily Deals 5/18/14

Deals:

  • Sears: Extra 25% off women’s and kid’s shoes with code ‘SHOE25’
  • Payless: Final weekend of 30% off entire store, plus 20% off with code ‘ZZ20’
  • Michael’s: Take 30% off your regular priced purchase with code ‘SUMMER30’
  • Amazon: Save 20% or more on Graco strollers and travel systems

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what stores you’d like to see on this list.

Daily Deals 5/17/14

Deals:

  • Carter’s: Extra 25% off clearance ends tomorrow
  • ideeli: Denim up to 90% off
  • Amazon: Lightening deal: Britax Convertible Car Seat for only $230, regularly $339

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

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Daily Deals 5/16/14

Deals:

  • Gymboree: New markdowns starting at $3.99
  • ideeli: Designer name brand swim (really cute) separates under $9.99
  • Victoria’s Secret: Annual 40% off swim sale
  • Amazon: Rubbermaid 42 piece food storage set for only $15.99

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what stores you’d like to see on this list.

Daily Deals 5/15/14

Deals:

  • Fab Kids: Pay just $5.38 for you first outfit (top AND bottoms), valued over $50. You automatically get 50% off your first order, PLUS a free $10 for a limited time, which brings your total to just $5.38
  • JC Penny: Extra 15% off in store with coupon or online with code ‘DAISY15’
  • Carter’s: Take extra 25% off clearance in store and online
  • Amazon: Save 40% on select Mattel and Fisher Price toys!

Freebies/Giveaways/Samples:

  • Julep: FREE 5 Piece gift valued over $80, just pay $2.99 shipping
  • Snapfish: One free greeting card with code ‘FREECRD’ through 5/20
  • Enter to win a FREE Soleil Skinny Grill
  • Creamy Bites: Free sample of Creamy Bites Calcium Supplement sample
  • Cottonelle: Free sample of Cottonelle Flushable Cleansing Cloths

Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s deals…  many of them are still active!

Please feel free to comment below and tell me what stores you’d like to see on this list.