Hot chocolate: Check
Oversized blanket: Check
Favorite movies: Check
Fuzzy sweater: Need

It’s that time of the year where the spring clothes start making an appearance in stores but our winter bodies are still screaming: layers! 

We’ve found a few great winter finds to collect this season (a lot are for sale!) to keep warm:

Puffer Jacket for $45

Military Hoodie Jacket for $30

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Tori Jacket for $299

Tori Jacket

Open Layering Cardigan for $25

Open Layering

Split Sleeve Sweatshirt for  $15.44

Sweatshirt

Women’s Joan Of Arctic Boot for $75

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Sneaker Boots for $35

Sneaker Boots

Cuffed Lounge Pant for $28

Lounge Pant

Faux Fur Booties for $38

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A few weeks into the new year and we hope you’re holding strong to those resolutions. If you’re experiencing times of weakness, hey, it’s ok. We got you.   Below are a few tips to get you back on track with your resolutions and feeling good about the year to come:

Working On Your Fitness
If you’re working on your fitness this year and need a little motivation, start out slow and make a dedicated time in your schedule each week for working out. Hitting the gym every day may not be an option for your schedule so do what works best for you.   Try going with a pal because, you know, the whole accountability thing and it’s more fun to have a friend along for the same ride.   Don’t be afraid to try a few different classes or workout options. Classpass is offering 1 free month to help you find what workout options you like the best.

Flat Stomachs Happen in the Kitchen
Taking on a new diet or just simply eating better for the new year? Meal prepping is the name and sticking to your plan is the game. Planning out your meals in advance can help reduce the desire to make impulse food choices. Use a grocery delivery service to make it even easier and secure everything on your grocery list. Thrive Market sells all organic foods and is offering 25% off first orders.

Plan to Plan
Failure to plan is a plan to failure…or something like that. Get organized, start goal-setting, and keep yourself on track with a handy planner. Often, just writing plans down and crossing them off a list can do wonders for feeling productive. Check out the top selling planners on Amazon here.   How do you keep your resolutions? Leave us a comment below!

Wintertime, it’s here and your car could be screaming for some much needed attention to keep it going through the winter season. Save a headache and some dollars with these tips to keep your car happy this season:

Tire Check
Depending upon where you live, not only could temperatures be dropping but also white fluffy snowflakes. Keep an eye on your tire pressure and thread. Low tire pressure can be dangerous and no one wants that.   If you live in an area that gets a lot of winter weather, a set of snow tires can help you stay sane this season. Goodyear and Bridgestone are currently running rebates through Discount Tire.

Must-Have Kit
This is important, mainly for snacks because you never know when hunger will strike. We kid. It is important to have an emergency kit in your car, especially in the winter, in case you find yourself stuck in winter weather. Grab this one from AAA for less than $35.

Insurance Check Before bad weather hits, review your car insurance policy and coverage. It doesn’t hurt to do a little price shopping to make sure you’re getting the best price for your car insurance. Metromile is car insurance that is pay-per-mile for those that drives less than 200 miles a week.

Squeaky Clean Windshield
ow would be a good time to check your wiper blades and replace if necessary. You can purchase a new pair and install them pretty quickly. A nice and clean windshield will be a good defense against snow and ice.

Power Up
Cold weather can do a number on your battery. We’ve been there with that terrible sound the car makes when it won’t start is NO FUN. Have an automotive specialist check your battery for any signs of a needed replacement. Prices to replace your battery can vary so be sure to shop around.   See a collection of winter products for your car here and here so you can enjoy the winter weather better. 

If you’re shopping for others or grabbing some deals for yourself this holiday season, don’t miss these steals.

This time of the year can make the wallet feel a little lighter and can be overwhelming in what sales are truly the best ones out there. Our team researched the 12 best deals going on this holiday season to spread a little holiday cheer to yourself and your wallet.

1. Shark ION Robot Vacuum: 50% Of
Why we love this: The robot vacuum makes keeping the apartment tidier much easier (especially with kids and pets). It’s easy to set and let it do its thing while you have to spend less time vacuuming.

2. Board Games: 50% Off
Why we love this: We are a sucker for a good board game. If it’s a classic or a new one to try, we can’t help but get a little competitive. We stocked up on a few after we found them at 50% off.

3. Amazon Fire HD Tablets for Kids: Save $40
Why we love this: If you already use several other Amazon products, this one is a go-to for the protective case, loaded with kid-friendly apps, and easy setup for parental controls. The protective case come in a variety of colors.

4. Nespresso Machines: 25% Off
Why we love this: The very best coffee machine we’ve owned so far is a Nespresso (especially the ones with the frother). Depending on which model you get, they can get pricey but this time of the year makes for scoring a good deal.

5. Beauty Gift Sets: Buy One, Get One
Why we love this: Find some of your friend’s favorite beauty finds and get one for yourself 25% off. This is the time of the year to give your skin a little extra TLC. The Burt’s Bees and Yes To Face Masks were our first grabs.

6. Ancestory DNA Kit: 40% Off
Why we love this: Pretty awesome to find out about your origins and ancestors. No more guessing or wondering. Plus this makes a great gift for family members.

7. Ring Doorbell 2 with Echo Dot: 32% Off
Why we love this: The convenience of the Dot with Alexa is an awesome tech gadget in any house, we use it all of the time. When paired with the security of the Ring, it adds an extra benefit of when you’re at home or away. We definitely have the Ring on our list this year.

8. Hot Wheels – Mega Metropolis Track Set: $40 Off
Why we love this: Hot Wheels Track Sets are classics and this one has us wanting to try it out (even if we do buy it for our nephews and nieces).

9. Orvis Memory Foam Dog Bed: $80 OFF
Why we love this: Simply because it’s our fur baby’s favorite bed ever (and the cover is machine washable)

10. Outdoor Furniture: 50% or More Off
Why we love this: This time of the year is the best time to purchase outdoor furniture. A lot of companies, like Wayfair, have furniture for more than half-off. If you have a patio at your apartment, purchase outdoor chairs and a table now and save some money.

11. Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones: $30 OFF
Why we love this: For when you want to be in your own little world, these headphones do the trick in knocking out any other sound.

12. Rachel Ray Cookware: 33% Off
Why we love this: This is probably the best cookware we’ve ever owned. If you’re a chef in your kitchen, we highly recommend adding this to your “tools.”

Have a deal we missed? Comment below!

We’ve been collecting cookie recipes for months to find the best ones for any occasion. If it’s cookies you’re craving, bring out the mixer and get ready for some favorites!

Knowing that cookie taste buds can vary (we see you the no-coconut-or-nut-anything cookie lover), we’ve complied several recipes below that can cover a gamut of cookie lovers. Best of all…they’re pretty easy and don’t take very long to make.

Mint Chocolate Chip

1 package of sugar cookie mix
½ cup of butter
½ teaspoon of mint extract
1 egg
1 cup of Andes chocolate mints (chopped)
½ cup of semisweet chocolate chips
Green food coloring (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine sugar cookie mix, butter, extract, and egg until dough is well mixed and soft. Stir in chocolate mints and chocolate chips.
Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet with dough 2 inches apart.
Bake 10 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool and remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Store at room temperature in an air tight container.

TIP: Store the cookies in this super cute cookie jar.


The Best Cookie Bars

2 sticks of butter at room temperature
1 cup of sugar
½ cup of dark brown sugar
3 eggs
Dash of vanilla
3 cups of all-purpose flour
¾ tsp of baking soda
¾ tsp of salt
1 ½ cups (plus a little extra dash) of candy coated chocolates
1 cup of semi chocolate chips
½ cup of peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking pan.
Beat together butter and sugar until well mixed and fluffy.
Add in eggs and vanilla extract, continuing to mix.
Slowly add flour, baking soda, and salt, mixing between each addition.
Stir in candy coated chocolates, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. Press mixture into baking pan and bake for 35-45. Let cool and cut into squares.

TIP: Use the peanut butter filled candy coated chocolates for more PB flavor.


The Best Cookie Bars

One package of premade sugar cookie dough
¼ stick of butter
Cinnamon (amounts will vary depending upon amount of cookie dough)
Brown Sugar (amounts will vary depending upon amount of cookie dough)

Icing
1 cup of powdered sugar
½ tsp vanilla
½ cup of cup milk
½ tsp of melted butte

Preheat oven to temperature on cookie dough packaging. Flour a large surface and roll out sugar cookie dough. Brush the top of the dough with melted butter. Sprinkle cinnamon and brown sugar over the melted butter to make a light, even layer. Roll the dough into a long log and cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough for two hours in fridge or 30 minutes in freezer.

Remove dough from plastic wrap and slice thinly. Bake the cookies according to the sugar cookie dough instructions.

While the dough bakes, mix the butter, vanilla, and milk together. In a medium bowl, add the powdered sugar and slowly mix in the milk mixture into the sugar until desired consistency. Once the cookies are done and removed from the oven, drizzle with the glaze while still warm.

TIP: Our favorite cinnamon is the Simply Organic Cinnamon found at Thrive Market. It really has the best taste and no additives.


Vegan Fudge Cookies

½ cup of vegan butter
½ cup of sugar
½ cup of light brown sugar
Dash of vanilla
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2/3 cup of unsweetened coca powder
¼ tsp of salt
1 tbsp of non-dairy milk
½ cup of dark chocolate, chopped or morsels
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
Cream together the butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Add the vanilla. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Mix the milk into the dough and then the dark chocolate chunks. The dough will be thick and sticky.

Roll dough into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes until set, the cookies will firm as they cool. Store in an air tight container.

TIP: We use Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars chopped in to bite sizes. You can order these here.


Gluten-Free Apple Pie Cookies s

1 cup of instant oats (gluten-free)
¾ cup of gluten-free flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder (gluten-free)
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
Dash of salt
2 tbsp of unsalted butter (room temperature)
1 large egg at room temperature
Dash of vanilla
½ cup of honey
1 cup of finely diced red apple

In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, combine the butter, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the honey. Add and stir the dry mixture into the wet mixture until well mixed. Fold in the apples and chill the mixture for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees and grease a baking sheet.
Scoop dough onto baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool and store in air tight container.

TIP: If you’re looking for gluten-free flour, try the Simply Balanced gluten-free flour at Target.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe to share? Comment below!

We’ve got a sneak peek at all of the best deals happening this year. Plan out your shopping in advance and make it easy with our favorite gift finds.

Unique and Innovative Gifts

We all have that one person in our life that makes gift shopping a little more challenging. Check out these unique gifts at Amazon that could bring a happy holiday surprise!

Poppin’ Bottles
Cheers to 20% off gift baskets until 12/15 at Wine.com: see them here. 

Holiday Decor
We have a weakness for Target and their holiday decor this year is too good to pass up. Get deals of 30 – 40% off so you can deck the halls.

Sports Fans
Show your team’s colors with 50% off sweatshirts at Fanatics.

Pet Doorbusters
Treat Fluffy or Fido this holiday season with these fun pet essentials up to 70% off at Wayfair.

Toys for Everyone
BOGO or 50% off toys at World Market. The activity kits are our favorites for adults or kids.

Stuff the Stockings Need a few unique gifts for the stockings this year? Here are our favorites:

And because we all love free shipping, below are a few of our favorite stores offering free shipping this season! 

Best Buy

Target

Sonos (free 2nd day shipping with code SNSFS18)

Pet Street Mall

 3-Tier Collapsible Oven Rack ($15.99)

When there just isn’t enough room, this guy comes in handy. Fit more casseroles in the oven while baking the turkey.

Fat Separator with Strainer ($24.95)

We have the best interest of your gravy in mind with this tool. Easily separate fat from juice. Comes with a strainer to make life a little easier.

Herb Grinder ($10.99)

If you use fresh herbs to make your recipes extra tasty, a herb grinder will be a welcome addition to your kitchen all year round.

Portable Kitchen Timer ($11.99)

Catch some of the game or the big parade without worrying about not hearing the kitchen timer. This guy is portable so you can carry it with you around the house.

Potato Ricer ($16.08)

The best mashed potatoes we’ve ever had involved a potato ricer. This tool helps eliminate lumps in potatoes, making them light and fluffy.

Glaze Pastry Brush ($12.99)

Glazing can get messy and your kitchen doesn’t need that extra craziness. We love how easy this brush is to use for egg or sugar washes.

Electric Knife ($18)

Because sometimes you just want to eat turkey and not spent 10 minutes cutting pieces by hand.

Looking for more tips and deals to make the holidays easy? Download the Kaboodle app.

Grab a few of your besties and do a remix on Thanksgiving with Friendsgiving! We have a few tips to make it easy and one of the best events of the year. Save time and have a good time:

Polish and Shine:

Skip spending hours cleaning and prepping your place, find home cleaning services that fit your budget and timeline at Task Rabbit. A few clicks and consider your place squeaky clean for friends.

Cheers to Good Friends:

Celebrate the moment with a cheers. Grab some of your favorite wines and get $20 off $50+ on your first order at Wine.com: Use this link to get the deal with code NOVNEW20.

Leftovers for Days:

You know one of the best parts of Friendsgiving is lunch the next day because it is already figured out! Hook your guests up with containers to take the yumminess with them. Grab them on sale at the Container Store (and keep a few for yourself).

Dessert and Laughs:

Make the evening last past dessert with good conversation and laughs. Board games are always a winner and we can’t help but love this one.

Fall-ish Decor

Up your Thanksgiving tablescape game with a splash of fall. Get as fancy as you wanna or just keep it clean and simple. Grab some favorites from Wayfair and save a little money.

Looking for more tips and deals to make the holidays easy? Download the Kaboodle app.