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Happy Gapday to you!

Can you believe that Gap has been around for 45 years?? I feel… very old. (Like, almost as old as Gap, apparently.)

They’re celebrating today with a just-until-midnight discount—shop and spend $100+ and you can use coupon code BDAY to take $45 off your total. There’s tons of exclusions, so do read the fine print, but if the coupon covers some stuff you were wanting anyway, well, happy birthday to Gap and hooray for savings for you.

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Back to school cool (on sale and shipped free)

There’s no shortage of beautiful things over at Pottery Barn Kids, and if you check out their back-to-school backpacks and luggage sale right now, you’ll find deep discounts and (even better) free shipping on a variety of stuff your kids crave. They’ve got everything from suitcases to personalized superhero notebooks, and if you’re the sort to give in to a little indulgence for your kids (or you have or are a grandparent waiting to do so…), this is the sale to hit.

They’ve got little fun items like sandwich cutters and water bottles, too, that would normally be cost-prohibitive to ship, even on sale. I love when they offer free shipping!

[Edited to add: Looks like the same deal applies at PB Teen, and most of their stuff is even cheaper! Woohoo!]

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Spin me right round, baby, right round

I think we saw a deal on this a year or two ago, and it was hugely popular, and it’s baaaaaaaack! Right now Amazon has the Spin ‘N Saucer available for just $19.94 with free Prime shipping (or free Super Saver Shipping eligible)—that’s its lowest price ever. Buy it now and tuck it away for Christmas!

If you have a kid who loves to spin, it doesn’t get much more fun than this. Supposedly this is for ages up to 5… if your kid is small, they could use it longer. And just because I like you, I’ll tell you that we lovingly nicknamed this one the “spin and barf” in my house.

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Pack ‘em with protein

I love to bake for my kids. You might think this is because I’m a fantastic mother, but really it’s more that I just enjoy baking and also—let’s be honest, here—I’m a complete control freak. Baking my own stuff means I know exactly what’s in it. (Hint: HFCS is never one of my ingredients.)

I’m also a big fan of sneaky protein, and my favorite all-natural, unflavored one is currently available on a good deal at Amazon: This 2-pound canister of Jarrow whey protein is priced at $20.69, which is actually not bad, but there’s also a 10% off coupon you can clip, plus you can save up to another 20% if you purchase via Subscribe & Save and you have 5+ monthly items and you have Amazon Mom.

My order came out to just under $15, which is a great deal. A canister this size will last me a long time.

[Pssssst! If your next question is, "But Mir, what should I be sneaking this protein into for maximum kid happiness and nutrition on the sly?" I'm here for you. Check out my recipes for multigrain pancake mix and banana protein breakfast cookies if you need some ideas.]

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Everything’s coming up iPad

This week at Target, they’re offering a crazy limited-time savings on iPad Airs and iPad Minis—$100 off the latter, and $50 off the former. (There’s a sidebar on the right side of their homepage showing the deal.)

I was lucky enough to win a Mini about a year ago—I never would’ve purchased one for myself—and even though I though it would be redundant with my phone, it really isn’t. I find myself using it all the time. It’s small enough to stick in my purse but way better for reading, surfing, doing emails that are more than “Okay, thanks,” etc. For $199 it’s a no-brainer if you’ve been thinking about getting one.

Shipping is free, too.

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File under “stuff I didn’t know I needed”

Okay, I am not going to make a single “giant ice balls” joke in this post, I swear. (Even though I really, really want to.) But apparently that’s a thing—you can make 2.5″ diameter ice balls for your cocktails or just regular drinks, and not only do they look cool, they apparently keep your drink cooler for a lot longer, and right now that set of 4 ball molds is just $6.99 at Amazon, its lowest price ever.

I’m thinking that’d be the perfect offering for a White Elephant gift exchange, or for someone who takes their cocktails very seriously. Or for anyone who giggles when they say “ice balls.”

[Update: Alert reader Katie points out that, although more expensive, if you're serious about your ice balls, you may prefer the Death Star molds.]

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Back-to-school shoe time!

Need new shoes? It’s the perfect time to shop Famous Footwear; through the weekend they’re doing Buy 1, Get 1 Half Off, plus there’s coupons to make it even better! Use code SCHOOL33 for an extra 20% off if you’re a Rewards Member, or code SCHOOL39 for 15% off if you’re not. (The Reward Program is free, and you can sign up on the site, by the way.)

Shipping is a flat $4.50, or free if you’re a Gold Rewards Member, which is beyond even my shoe-loving status, but if you have a lot of feet to cover, I guess it could happen.

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Light up the way

If you take a look over at Tools.Woot today, you’ll see they have a 6-pack of Mr. Beams LED motion-sensing night lights for $32. The same set is $54 at Amazon, and has an average of 4.5 stars with nearly 1,500 reviews.

We recently bought a couple of motion-sensing LED under-cabinet lights for our kitchen, and they have completely changed my life. On the one hand, that tells me my life is kind of boring, but on the other, it tells me that hey, I would probably like this so that I can spread the automatic lighting joy to other areas of my house.

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All the savings at Macy’s today

If you’re still back-to-school shopping, it’s an excellent day to hit up Macy’s—you can use coupon code LUCKYU to take 20% off clothing, and most other items are 15% off. That’s on top of all the sales they’re running right now, and the current Lancome bonus. (I doubt you’re buying Lancome for the kids—though if you are, hey, no judgment—but as long as you’re shopping, $35+ on Lancome today gets you a free 7-piece bonus gift, and if you spend $70+ on Lancome you get another 3-piece bonus on top of that.)

Shipping is automatically free on $99+, plus if you spend that much, returns are free as well. Of course, you can always return at your local story for free, too. And I don’t know about you, but if I can order stuff to the house for the kids to try on instead of dragging teenagers to the store, I don’t mind returning the extras one bit.

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Lunch just got more fun

Whether you’re packing lunches for the kids or eating at home, everything’s about to get a lot more fun with Amazon’s help, today.

First, their Gold Box is stuffed full of Thermos deals today, from a light-up R2D2 bag to plain insulated water bottles for any age.

Second, if you house a couple of quesadilla fiends (like I do), this best-selling Hamilton Beach quesadilla maker is down to $11.99 again (its best price ever). Necessary? Probably not. Super fun? Heck yes!

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