caught my eye + Deals 4.21.17

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* Wow! Check out this home by Mark D. Williams Homes in Lake Bavaria, Minnesota:

mark d williams homes


* The story of Luis Sanchez, the marine who lost his leg and ran the Boston Marathon with a flag held high


* Every National Park has free admission this weekend! And the Senior National Parks pass I told you about last weekend for $10 is actually a LIFETIME pass! (thank you, Jennifer!)


and of course, DEALS! These are the prices when I hit publish, they can change or run out at anytime. Lowest price means it is the lowest price within a year, within $1:





* this sweet Children’s Place layette is only $10.85 on Amazon, also available in girls


* Gillette Venus razor, cartridge, shave gel, and body wash for $6.97


wooden cutlery

* who’s ready for picnics and bbqs?wooden cutlery 36 pc set only $2.73


* this is the best razor for travel! Gillette Venus Snap Embrace Razor w/ case $3.65 when you clip the coupon and choose sub & save


* $5 for a $10 Target e-giftcard on Groupon – check to see if you got the invite!


I love these foundations – these are the ones I use at the best price!

* Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation $6 when you clip the coupon and choose sub & save OR


* Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation $6.54 when you clip the coupon and choose sub & save


* lowest price: Corona ClassicCut Forged Bypass Pruner $13


* lowest price ever on this Oreck Commercial $122.81


* lowest price: Catan board game $25.75


* lowest price: Evenflo Chase Harnessed Booster $44.54



under armour

* lowest price: Under Armour Storm Duffle Bag $23.99


* lowest price: Scotch multi-purpose 8-inch scissors $1.22 (add-on item)


* lowest price ever: Dorco Pace 4 Razor for $1.99 Shipped! Use Code PCE4421 at checkout


* $5 Magazine Subscriptions! Better Homes & Gardens * HGTV * Country Living * Food Network * Good Housekeeping


* lowest price: calling all Elephant & Piggie fans! And if you aren’t a fan, you will be! These are our favorites and here is We Are in a Book (hardcover) for only $4.70!


* Fisher Price Little People bus with 3 people $9.84


* lowest price: Thomas the Train toddler James conductor costume $6.33


* lowest price: Melissa & Doug beginner wood pattern blocks $9.42


* lowest price: Barbie and the Pearl Princess Blu-Ray $4.99


* lowest price: have a yard sale coming up? Avery round color coded labels, 315 ct $0.98


Prime Pantry has a great deal right now where if you buy 5 qualifying items you can get free shipping. Here’s an example: if you bought

* Nivea Men 3 in 1 Body Wash $3.60

* Quaker 18 ct granola bars $3.74

* Wheat Thins Family Size $3.88

* 2 pk Colgate Total Toothpaste $5.50

* Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Vanilla Bean $2.90

you would get free shipping and also be able to add some great deals like:


* Clorox Daily Sanitizing Anywhere Spray $2.84

* Old Spice Fresh Body Wash $2.88 w/ coupon

* Conair 2 pack brush set $2.22

* 60 ct BandAid bandages $1.48


Have the best weekend!



Boston Marathon 2017

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A week ago my husband surprised me with the best birthday present ever: a trip out to Boston to see my sister Kelsey run in the Boston Marathon! Kelsey shared a quote from Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon 50 years ago:

kathrine switzer quote


and here is Kathrine finishing on Monday, 50 years later :

boston switzer

photo: Boston Globe


We found that to be profoundly true– we saw the best of humankind as we drove from town to town trying to catch a glimpse of Kels.


kels boston


From the kids waiting on the sides with popsicles and ice, to families set up on lawns on Heartbreak Hill to cheer strangers through the most difficult part,


heartbreak hill


a marine that was injured in Afghanistan that carried a flag the whole way,


photo: Christopher Evans Boston Herald


the hilarious barefoot caveman,

boston caveman

photo: Boston Globe


blind men and women running with guides, it was truly one of the most inspirational experiences!


boston strong flag


If you ever have the opportunity to cheer someone on in the Boston Marathon, do it!

flag church


Not to mention it’s one of the most beautiful, historical U.S. places to visit!

boston common spring day


We were dying as we were driving at the architecture and historical sites at every bend.

church new england


In Concord we saw Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard house, Thoreau’s cabin on Walden pond, and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home all within 2 miles!






And a few things I didn’t know as a spectator:

Driving was the way to go to see her in the most spot, plus you get the BEST backroads view! My dad drove, and we would try to go between train stations. He would drop us off, go find parking and we would cheer her on.



Her husband was tracking her on the Boston Marathon app so we could see where she was and try to time accordingly. But once we got to heartbreak hill, my mom and I stayed to cheer her on there and they went ahead to catch her at the finish line.




Mom and I could NOT get across the street to the trains with the barricades so we got an Uber to the finish to met her there. The trains were packed, I would drive if you could.


wellesley boston marathon


A few tips:

* make sure your runner a name on the front – it makes it so fun to cheer and call out a name. Duct tape works great and plenty of people used paint on their arms as well.




* Signs are awesome but put them on yard sticks so you can hold them high above the crowd. We improvised with some duct tape and a wiffle ball bat from a local CVS. Smile



* the signs themselves are worth going!! People are so clever. I wish we would have gotten team shirts and I especially loved face signs like these:



* Weather is crazy in Boston!! Sunday was 85, Monday was 72, Wed was a CHILLY 48. Pack for all seasons!






Oh Boston, what a wonderful city! Thank you for letting us be part of an incredible event you have here.




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