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3 New Ways To Celebrate Halloween This Year


We will be the first to admit, we are tired of trying to find a "new normal." In fact, for 2020 there really is no such thing. However, we are also on board with finding new ways to approach tradition things, like the holidays.

As Halloween is just around the corner, we have no idea yet what it will look like. Will neighborhoods make collective decisions on trick-or-treating? What might it look like for our urban-dwelling friends?

We aren't sure either so we've found 3 new ways to celebrate spooky season, just in case everything else we are used to is tossed out the window.

Host A Virtual Costume Contest

If the Emmy's can be held virtually, so can a costume contest. In fact, we think that the set-up might just encourage some people to become even more daring, more outrageous in their costume choices and effort. After all, when the weather and logistics of moving freely are removed, what kinds of costumes suddenly become options? We think this is definitely the year to pull out all the stops. Bonus- with Zoom you can add a background to enhance your whole Halloween theme!

Right now, you can still get 25% off from Halloween Costumes with this coupon code!

Start a Halloween Parade

We love the comeback of the parade during this pandemic. It presents a safe way to involve a large group of people, although we suggest checking with the newly released CDC risk map first.

With careful planning and advance notice, families can use a sidewalk, or maybe even dead-end street, to let kids march in costume. Those who opt out of participating in the parade itself could always make signs or cheer on those parading.

Why not try a group or neighborhood theme even? Here's a great example of neighbors who organized a dinosaur parade earlier in the year.

Visit the Zoo or Park

Many city parks or zoos are still planning Halloween events and/or activities that are COVID friendly. For parents with small kids, this may be the perfect solution this year. Thanks to wide-open outdoor spaces, a lot of parks and zoos are getting creative with decorations, live music, and photo ops that make it worth the extra effort to come.

Just don't forget to book in advance as that's one the biggest changes to zoos and parks this year!

Want even more Halloween coupons and coupon codes? Here's our biggest and best deals from your favorite online retailers offering downright frightening discounts!


Alphabetical Family Activities For Fall Part II


Recently we wrote about a new way to tackle the pandemic doldrums and get creative about family time, while also celebrating the ushering in of fall. If you missed that post, you can get caught up with Part I here.

Now, it's time to complete the alphabet with another round of suggestions! Don't forget to check out our latest fall coupons, deals and discounts too.

N

National Park - Parks are pretty popular right now, for good reason. Fresh air, nature and plenty of opportunity to stay socially distanced.

Nerf war - Maybe it's not suitable for those with really young kids, but lots of families have found this to be a hilarious bonding experience.

O

Origami - Why not learn the ancient art of paper folding? This video makes it super easy to get started.

Observe the night sky - Sure, if you have access to an actual observatory that would elevate the experience. However, just pick a night with a full moon and low cloud coverage and see what you can discover from your own backyard.

P

Playground - Maybe you've forgotten the joy of swinging as high as you can or the thrill of freeze tag. The main thing is to be part of the playing!

Picnic - Another possibility - make a picnic a true event. Let the kids help make the menu, pack up a delicious meal and pick a fabulous outdoor spot to dine al fresco.

Q

Quidditch - Have Harry Potter fans in the house? Why not make up your own Quidditch game? The best part is that it can be completely nonsensical since the game can't exist in real life anyway!

Quest - If you've tried geocaching already and need something new to try, these 10 options are great if you have a smart phone.

R

Road Trip - Do a quick Google search and see what's within a 30-minute to one-hour drive away.

Random Acts of Kindness - This is one of our favorites. Get the kids to make a list of all the possible things that can be done individually and as a family to make your community better.

S

S'mores - Admit it, you were going to make these at least once this fall anyway.

Sunset photo shoot - Take photos of the sunset itself or gather everyone in their Sunday best and have a family photo shoot with an amazing background of the sun going down. Bonus - the lighting can't be beat!

T

Tennis - Tennis has been on the upswing since the pandemic started. That's because it is one of the safest sport possibilities we can do currently. Never played before or rusty on the game? This guide should help.

Tie-dye - Pretty much everyone enjoys the process, just don't get too caught up in how the projects might turn out.

U

Unplug - We could all use a good excuse to turn off ALL the electronics for a few hours. See what happens when the whole family puts away the devices and just hangs out.

Ukulele - A few years ago, everyone seemed to be taking up this charming instrument. So, even if you don't have one a neighbor probably does.

V

Visit friends - Plan a safe, social distanced visit outside with another family.

Vote - Well, it is an election year after all. Let the family experience the process of democracy and hold a mini election in the house. Don't worry - you can keep politics out of it completely and stick with something more lighthearted, like what a special Saturday breakfast meal should be.

W

Walk - A family walk is often the best remedy for boredom, bad moods, and low energy. Suer, we've taken probably 1 million of them since mid-March, but we will happily take many more until the cold weather gets here.

Work out - Family work outs can be a blast and there are an endless supply of online options.

X

X box - Ok, we might let the kids play but it's rare that we engage in playing with them. Why not let them be the experts and teach you everything they can about the games they love?

Y

Yoga - We could all use a little more relaxing and deep breathing, right?

Z

Zoo - Thankfully, the zoos are still open and right now is a great time to check out the animals with less crowds.

Zumba - You didn't think we could end this series without more dancing did you?

That's our round up for part 2. Tell us, what would you add or want to try? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!


Alphabetical Family Activities For Fall Part 1


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Deals on Desks And Other Back To School Discounts You Need


Currently in a scramble to get a spot established for kids to do school this fall? You're not alone! Seems like everyone we know is trying to find a nook or corner to carve out for students right now.

That's why we've rounded up the following coupons for getting school started as smoothly as possible in this completely abnormal year. Our biggest tip? Don't wait! Once you've found the coupon you want to use, go ahead and place your order. We've experienced (as have our neighbors) much slower processing and delivery times so plan accordingly.

Desks

We were shocked to discover how limited the desk options were! We found a few within our budget, but then noticed delivery was almost 6-8 weeks out for those. Yikes! Another tip - check the office supply stores rather than just furniture stores.

Anyway, here are the best deals on desks we've found so far:

Printers & Ink

We've resisted getting a home printer for years. That's because every time my elementary school kids had the chance to use one, they would print page after page of rainbow colored pictures if left unattended. Of course, now that school is remote, we need a printer AND a lot of ink cartridges.

Laptops, desktops and tablets

We waited until the last possible minute to buy or oldest a computer. What was the point if we could all share the main home one as needed? Now that everyone needs a screen for both work and school, we are short a few options. Though we remain reluctant to buy too nice of a computer, we know everyone needs their own to make it through the day now.

So that's what we've been up to lately - how about you? Tips or suggestions about how to make the transition back to school easier this year? Let us know how it's going on Facebook!


3 Money Saving Tips For Heading Back To School in 2020


Depending on where you live right now, school is either about start online, cautiously returning in a few weeks, or still being approached with a wait-and-see attitude. This mix is creating a lot of anxiety for most of the frugal families we know who are trying to plan ahead. After all, how do you budget for a school sports season if you aren't sure if football will happen?

To be honest, we aren't sure either but based on what we do know about school this fall, here's some tips on money saving strategies.



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Father’s Day Deals


We've rounded up some of the best gifts to get dad this year and found the deals to keep things within budget. These savings will help you spend less or maybe mean you can buy more. Either way, dad will be thrilled with any of these great Father's Day deals this year.

Dad working from home more frequently now? It's possible that working from home is here for good. That makes the Apple Airpods practically essential, and right now you can get them at their lowest prices possible. Amazon's offering them at under $130 (plus get Super Saver Shipping free with this coupon).

A lot of men are letting their facial hair grow out right now, but even if dad prefers to keep a clean-shaven look they will appreciate the Bevel shaving system. Their multi-blade razors help reduce ingrown hairs and bumps while their skin care products keep skin from getting too dry. These Bevel coupons are the perfect excuse to help dad try out a little self care each day.

Now that the weather is warmer, we know many dads looking to implement a work out routine outside until the gyms will open back up at maximum capacity. Personally, we've been fans of Beachbody for years. Loaded with a huge variety of at-home workouts, they are a go-to for the whole family.

If the dad you're shopping for could use a couple of items to help him get his sweat on, here are a whole lot of coupons you will love:

The truth is you don't have to spend a fortune on getting dad a perfect present this year. In fact, we have hundreds of coupon codes to help you find the right deal for you and there's always the option to go homemade too. The important part is taking time to recognize the dads in your life that are making a difference!


Anxious? Stressed? 3 Places To Add Comfort And Get Relief Right Now


Will school return in the fall? Is it safe to walk with my neighbor? Are my sinuses turning into something more serious? Raise your hand if you need a break from the news and never-ending deluge of questions it brings.

Many of us have been home for weeks on end now, with little more than the scenery inside our walls or just outside our windows to entertain and distract us. And frankly, we are just...tired of being stressed and anxious all the time.

We tried some new crafts and that helped, but we still feel the need to ease some tension.

You too? Then here are 3 ways to add comfort to get some relief (at all different price points) until we find our new normal.

1. Your Bed

Guess what helps fight off illness and makes us feel safe and cozy at the same time? A goodnight's sleep, of course. Naturally, that means our bed has become extra important. No to mention we are spending more and more time there as a make-shift office and just quiet retreat from everyone when we need it during the day.

Step up your sleep and relaxation with a new mattress. Nest Bedding is one of our top picks because it is organic, non-toxic and all natural. There's no weird new mattress smell, plenty of firmness options and a comfort guarantee. Check out these Nest Bedding coupons to save on your purchase too. Oh, and don't forget to check out their bedding collection - we promise you'll want to consider the best-selling Easy Breather Bedding Pillow!

2. Your couch

If you can't sink into your couch or consider it a second possibility for a bed in a pinch, we strongly suggest finding a better one. In fact, there are some pretty amazing options at Club Furniture and Furniture.com right now that won't break the bank.

New couch not an option? No problem, let's talk about how easy it is to add comfort via throw pillows and soft blankets. Snag 25% off of either with these Macy's coupon codes.

3. Your bath or shower

A long time ago we remodeled our bathroom and opted for an extra large walk-in shower rather than a bathtub. Cue the sad music because we now wish we had one that wasn't in the kids bathroom. Still, there is no cheaper or faster way to add a little dose of luxury and relief than in the bath, or even shower.

For under $20, you can create your own spa-like experience at home with a new candle, oversized bath towel, or fancy product. Sage, lavender, lemon and orange are all smells that are said to reduce anxiety too so finding bath bombs or soaps in these scents could be just what you need to start the day off right.

May is also Mental Health Awareness month so we want to do our part in raising awareness about mental health. Now, more than ever is the time to know you are not alone and stay connected with community. If the recent pandemic is adding a lot or even a little stress to your daily life, these resources from the CDC might be very helpful!


There’s Still Time To Order These 3 Mother’s Day Gifts!


Mother's Day is four short days away, which in normal times would mean a last minute visit to mom's favorite store to get a gift card. Today, why risk it when you can still use these amazing shipping coupons to order the perfect gift within the next 5 minutes?

Here are the best Mothers Day gift ideas that you still have time to order:

Flowers

Yes, flowers are on our list every year and yes, mom still wants them and no, they are not overused or under-appreciated. In fact, we argue that flowers are even more fitting for as Ladybird Johnson said, "Where flowers bloom, so does hope." And who among us couldn't use an extra dose of hope right now? Flower coupons galore, including SAME DAY delivery options!

Tech

If we've learned nothing in the last 7 weeks, we now fully understand how tech dependent our world is. Maybe it's time mom has her own iPad mini for browsing online, doing at-home videos, or making her own playlist. Right now, Apple has free 2-day shipping on in stock-products.

Comfy Anything

Help mom wrap up in all things cozy and soft by gifting her a new pair of leggings, pjs, sweats or loungewear. Most of us are now wearing these things for 90% of our days anyway! Jockey has a surprisingly great array of options to choose from and this 2 Day shipping coupon ensures it will arrive on time!

You still have time to order these 3 gifts and we think all of them would make excellent choices! Of course, a simple "Thank You Mom, I Love You" goes pretty far too.


Why Stay Bored? Easy Craft Ideas You Haven’t Tried Yet


It's true - all this at home time and togetherness has been lovely....and we are starting to get bored. While we see creative and humorous families all over Tik Tok and Instagram right now, our little unit is starting to feel a little uninspired. We've done the puzzles, board games, and indoor Olympics and we need more.

You too? Then never fear, we've been digging around and found a few new crafts to try during these additional days at home. Better yer, we may just have discovered all new hobbies along the way!

1. Paper Crafts

We are new to the world of paper crafts and pretty excited about this discovery. We can't wait to dive into bookmarks, cupcake toppers, and mini-books galore. Each craft designed to our own unique tastes and interests too.

Thanks to Sizzix, we've found literally hundreds of new paper craft ideas we want to try. Plus, their clearance center has supplies up to 80% off!

2. Bird Houses

We have either grown old very quickly, or this much indoor time has forced us to take notice of nature in a way we never have before. Regardless, bird watching has become far more interesting to our entire house. The obvious next step craft-wise then is to create our own bird houses! We love this craft as it not only gives us a creative outlet, but provides something for the much-adored birds we've come to appreciate.

Don't have the supplies or tools to build a bird house or just prefer one already made and ready to decorate? We found some at Magic Cabin that are under $10 and all that's needed is paint. We've also found these Magic Cabin coupons helpful because we never leave that site without ordering a few things at once!

3. Easy Clay Projects

Those with small kids may be doing air dry clay projects all the time already, but it might be time to level up your craft. In particular, this article brought all new possibilities to light for us. Even better, we are strongly considering some of these to be potential Mother's Day gift ideas.

These Utrecht Art Supply coupons let us load up our cart for clay of all kinds to get started right away.

What projects are you trying? Any new hobbies starting to emerge during all this downtime? Let us know about it on Twitter or Facebook!


How To Celebrate Easter This Year


Now that we are weeks into the Pandemic, we are forcing creativity in all new ways as a family, as a community, a country, a world. With Easter around the corner, we are also looking for how to celebrate this year.

Luckily, there are still opportunities to enjoy the Easter holiday; it just requires some imagination and flexibility. Here's some of the ideas we're using. Please let us know if you have additional ones!



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