Daily Deal Sites

December 20, 2010

Daily Deal Sites

I’ve been asked lately about the different daily deal sites I am on so I thought I would compile this list. Daily Deal sites are websites that sell a special offer to different museums, restaurants, spas, adventures, etc for 50-90% off. I suggest getting a separate email address so you don’t overwhelmed with all of the daily deals in your regular email box. I do receive referral credit for first time buyers.

Family Finds – http://familyfinds.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=5&aff_id=1031
I really like this site. It’s family specific and have some great deals which I purchased. What I like most about this site is that you can try new classes for a huge discount and if you don’t like it, it’s not a huge investment and if you do like it – you just got a great deal on it. We tried a toddler yoga class through this site and since my daughter loves the classes so much we’re going to continue taking them. The yoga studio is giving us 20% off a year’s worth of classes because we bought the initial deal through Family Finds. If you buy something on Family Finds that you haven’t used and decide you don’t want to, they will refund your money if it’s been 30 days or less since the purchase.

Juice In The City – http://juiceinthecity.com/?referrer=1t929vkaum

This is a new daily deal site to the Los Angeles area – though they have deals outside of L.A. In the L.A. area, they are currently focused on the South Bay market, but I am told they will be launching the westside edition in the summer!

Mamapedia Sweet: http://deals.mamapedia.com/?ref_id=189900&utm_source=invite_earn_10_share_popup&utm_medium=email&utm_term=189900&utm_content=yahoo

This is a new one and seems to have some great national deals, Past deals include: Kiwi Magazine subscription and Parents Magazine Subscription.

Living Social – https://livingsocial.com/redeem_invite/3611821-mkangj?ref=lnk Their customer service takes a while. They do have fun deals on restaurants, some adventures, massages and on travel escapes. If you purchase a deal and decide you don’t want it within 5 days of purchasing, and you haven’t used it, they will refund your money. If you purchase via my link – you get $5 off your first order and I get $5.

Groupon – http://www.groupon.com/r/uu1243521
You’re probably on it and if you’re not – get on it now! I love it! I have bought a bunch of groupons for local restaurants, museum memberships, and half priced admission to various museums and animal rescue places, among other things – they have spa services such as haircuts, massages, manicure/pedicure. What I love about Groupon is the customer service. I have had two problems with a groupon purchase and both times, they have given me credit – no questions asked and responded right away. Also, groupon, has a comments section so if you have questions about the deal, you can ask.

Social Buy – http://www.socialbuy.com/r/5510
Socialbuy has more music related deals – though occasionally, they have food deals and museum membership deals. They had a museum membership deal at the Natural History Museum for 50% which offers free children museum memberships across the US and Canada – which was an amazing deal.

Buy With Me – http://www.buywithme.com/ref/KZVC594F
Buy With Me is a newer site. Has some interesting deals. Most deals I buy are food related. I really like to go to nice restaurants, but don’t want to pay the full value – especially if I’ve never been to the restaurant before. We got a great deal to Zengo, a new restaurant by Richard Sandoval at the newly renovated Santa Monica Promenade Mall. It was delicious. We felt like we were in Hong Kong where some of the best upscale dining is inside malls. If you ever go to Zengo, ask to be seated in their nicely heated patio.

Plum District – https://www.plumdistrict.com/ref=uff956134178It’s a newer site. Good customer service. If you purchase something within 7 days of signing up, you get $5 credit. More family oriented deals.

Zulily – http://www.zulily.com/invite/mkang883
Zulily has some deals on toys, clothes for both children and moms and other things. I always check on Amazon prior to purchasing anything from here to see if the price is cheaper on amazon – I take into consideration the cost of shipping. Zulily’s shipping is generally just under $9. Also, amazon’s reviews are very helpful.

The Mini Social – http://www.theminisocial.com/invite/MjKang

This site features toys and clothes for children aged 0-12 years old. Until January 7th, if you use the code: “merry10” you will receive $10 off your order.

Ideeli – www.ideeli.com/invite/mkangj

I love their selection of clothes for women. They also feature toys, shoes, and clothes for children as well – many of them Eco-Friendly.

Ruelalal – www.ruelala.com/invite/mkang695

Similar to Ideeli – clothes, shoes, toys for children, women, and men – also features spas and getaways.

Swirl – http://beta.swirl.com/invite/mkang
I love this site for buying clothes. I love the style of the clothes featured. It’s the deal site of daily candy.

Okay, here are the daily deals I have for now. It seems like a lot. For restaurant/food deals, I do a search on yelp before purchasing. We have gotten some amazing museum memberships off these sites. When I get museum memberships, I check if they are offering any reciprocal agreements with other museums.

Scholastic Storybook Treasures

December 14, 2010

I was recently given samples of three Scholastic Storybook Treasures. These are children story books brought to life on DVD. While we are not a huge DVD watching family, there are some DVDs which are a welcome addition to our very small collection. These are some of them. What does Mishy love about them? The stories are from books she already knows and loves, they are cleverly narrated and accompanied by fun music which makes her laugh, and they introduce her to a different element of story telling – more visual, but still word focused.

What do I love about them? You may read along with the stories, the images are true to the original book, the themes of the story are age appropriate and most importantly, Mishy loves them.

Each DVD features questions you may ask your child about the story, which generates a gentle discussion and deeper understanding.

Details:

The Boy Who Cried Wolf and more children’s fables. This DVD features 5 stories which are narrated by Michael York, Peter Scolari, and feature illustrations and work by Tomi dePaola and Marcia Brown. The Boy Who Cried Wolf is a new story for Mishy and she had many wonderful questions about why he cried wolf and what happened to the sheep afterwards – why the sheppard couldn’t find his sheep. I enjoyed listening and facilitating her understanding.

The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs and more animal adventures, which are narrated by Paul Giamatti, among others. The True Story Of The 3 Little Pigs is a clever re-telling of the classic story – The Three Little Pigs. Mishy loved this re-telling and was glad to know wolves are simply mis-understood.

Click, Clack, Moo: Animals That Type… and more amusing animal tales. This collection of three DVDs is filled with 17 stories which are fun, inventive and amazingly well spirited for the 3-8 year olds in your life. This collection was by far Mishy’s favorite because it features Mishy’s well loved story – Dooby Dooby Moo. Randy Travis narrates Dooby Dooby Moo and other stories written humorously by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. He provides just the right amount of laid back Southern charm, swagger, and fun to this joyous collection of animal tales.

Cooking Playdates

November 28, 2010

I’ve been gathering supplies to start having cooking playdates for Mishy and friends. Here are some of my favorites.

Kitchen Utensils:

Headchef:

http://www.headchefs.com/

These child sized kitchen utensils are made of silicone, have posable arms and legs, and even suction cups so they can stand and be decorative when not in use. They are also excellent toys. For the next day or so, gaggle of chicks is having a 33% off sale on these items. If you are not a member of gaggle of chicks, here is my member code:

www.gaggleofchicks.com/r/204

Amazon is also having a special on them – buy three, get the fourth free. These items are not cheap, but I do believe they are worth the price and fun of having them around the kitchen. That is why I also love that they are sales on them right now. I have been wanting these cooking utensils for Mishy for over three months, just hoping they would be having a sale on them.

Cookbooks:

Pretend Soup and Other Real Recipes by Mollie Katzen and Ann Henderson – by the author of the Moosewood Cookbook series. This bookcook specifically for preschoolers and up have simple and inventive recipes which are fun to make and yummy to eat.

HandStand Kids – Mexican, Italian, and Chinese – by Yvette Garfield. These cookbook sets have simple recipes which are tasty too. Perfect for children who like to experiment in the kitchen. The Italian kit comes with a chef’s hat, the Mexican Kit comes with an oven glove and the Chinese kit comes with chopsticks.

Here are reviews of the Italian kit on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Handstand-Italian-Cookbook-comes-packaged/product-reviews/0979210704/ref=pd_sim_b_cm_cr_acr_img_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Right now, zulily is having a sale on these kits – instead of $28 for the Italian Kit on Amazon, it’s $13.49. Free shipping is included if you spend $50 or more on the site. Here is my invitation link to join this site:

http://www.zulily.com/invite/mkang883

Everybody Eats Lunch – created and written by Cricket Azima, art by Titus V. Thomas. This inventive book, which is in the shape of a lunchbox, is a travelog of eating around the world. It stops in four different continents – Asia, North America, South America, and Africa where you meet children from that place and find out what they eat for lunch. Recipes included.

Here are more reviews of this book on amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Everybody-Eats-Lunch-Cricket-Azima/dp/0979338441/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1290973573&sr=8-1

Happy cooking with your children! Mishy and I love to make, eat, and most importantly, experiment in the kitchen!

Mishy fishing for good luck.

We joined in a Chinese New Year’s celebration at a local children’s store that recently opened up in Marina Del Ray – Innovative Baby.

Feeding the dragon puppet

There was some light puppet play.

Learning how to make a paper lantern

Then arts and crafts with sparkles which followed us home.

Playing on their in-store horsey

Afterwards, Mishy played with all of the displayed toys. The store has a great selection of beautiful everyday clothes from fantastic designers – Kicky Pants, Tea Collection – to name a few. We picked up a few long sleeve shirts from their sale rack – 70% off! Their toys are beautiful. Mishy wanted to take all of them home. Luckily, she is okay with us playing with them in the store.  The owners are super friendly, warm, and laid back. It is located right by the beach and the Venice Canals. Get a sandwich from Cow’s End or Island Burgers and have a picnic at the beach after your shopping adventure!

Details:

Innovative Baby
114 Washington Blvd #B
Marina del Rey, CA 90292

(310) 338-9908

Bonus photo: Mishy hanging out in the car.

Lakeshore Learning

February 6, 2010

It was raining on Friday. Mishy still wanted to go on the swing and after 5 minutes of me pushing her, “Higher Higher,” (she loves the Leslie Patricelli book, Higher Higher) we headed to Lakeshore Learning – the store known for their teacher supplies. I thought it would be fun to expand our range of art supplies at home. With Lakeshore Learning, you can be rest assured everything has been triply tested for their safety. I had previously ordered supplies online. This was the first time we were in the actual store and I was excited. I get excited about these things now.

As soon as we got into the store, we were greeted – it is nice to be greeted! – and quickly directed to what we were looking for – art supplies! They have displays of blocks set up at a child’s eye level so while I shopped, Mishy played with the blocks. That is what I hoped would happened. Instead, she picked out window markers and wanted to draw. I mentioned we need to get her some paper,  she said, “Yes! Paper!”  I grabbed a roll of newsprint and said we would draw in the car, so she carried the markers with her until she noticed the big inflatable globe.

John Dewey, the educator reformer said children learn when they have a need to learn. When we travelled around the world, we carried a small globe with us to show Mishy all the places we had travelled and all the places we were going to travel to. Since then, she loves globes and geography and wants to know where all her loved ones are. She had me point out where Grandma Rachel lives, where Saba Moshe live, where Mama’s Mama lives, and where Kitty stays when we travel. Mishy gravitated to all the globes in the store. (Please note: I do not lead Mishy into mentioning who she wants to mention. If you were not mentioned that day, it does not mean we do not talk about you.)

Mishy trying to find India

Details:

Leslie Patricelli’s Higher Higher

http://www.amazon.com/Higher-Leslie-Patricelli/dp/0763632414

Lakeshore Learning

http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/home/home.jsp

Mishy wondering why the countries are different colors on different globes

I am always looking for ways to make my life easier. We currently buy groceries at Whole Foods, Co-Opportunity, Trader Joes, Yummy.com, various farmers markets and a food truck that comes to our door. If I can somehow consolidate these trips, plus get free groceries for trying, why not? http://www.spud.com is having a New Years special. They are offer $25 free groceries if you order $50 or more, plus free delivery until February 5th for new customers.

I found out about this deal through http://www.greatperks.com. I’ve been a member of Great Perks for over a year and they email me weekly great perks they have arranged at various spas, restaurants, attractions, etc. There is no fee to be a member.

Spud.com is tooted (by themselves) as a cross between Whole Foods and Trader Joes. They are said to offer quality named goods with prices more in line with Trader Joes’. Their website is easy to navigate with a link devoted to their weekly specials.

I found some prices to be higher than both Whole Foods and Trader Joes. For example – their prices on ak-mak crackers are over $2 whereas at Whole Foods and Trader Joes, they are under $1.30. Some of their prices are on par, though I didn’t find any of their prices cheaper than Trader Joes.

They do let you know how far their groceries had to travel so if you are concerned about your carbon footprint, you can be reassured by buying groceries closer to home. (There is also a very small surcharge for making a carbon imprint that is applied to your order and a deposit fee of $3.50 for their container, which will be reimbursed once it is returned. You can arrange for them to pick up the container if you choose not to order from there again.) They also have some delicious sounding healthy recipes on their site.

Their prepared foods section is lacking since it devoted mostly to Amy’s frozen foods and soups. They also offer two different boxes of produce, although I think I am still going to stick with the farmer’s markets for our produce.

We have arranged for our first delivery on Tuesday. For me, this deal gives me the financial freedom to try new things without worrying if Mishy will like it or not.

Here is the deal:

To redeem, sign up for an account at http://www.spud.com and enter code: GREATPERKS Call 310-835-8555 if you have questions. Spend $50 or more at spud.com and receive $25 off your FIRST order and Free delivery. Only good for new customers. Offer cannot be combined with other offers. Expires February 5th

More information on Great Perks: http://www.greatworkperks.com/