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Some of you know that my posting here has slowed somewhat, in part, because I now work for Happier. As a lifelong adherent to the philosophy that a half-empty glass is probably pretty good because at least it’s not smashed on the floor, I have to admit I’m astonished at how much happier (yes) Happier has helped me to be. (You should go get the app—it’s free!—and join us!)

happier-box-giveawayWe recently launched a new concept, the Happier Favorites Box—it contains an assortment of little luxury goodies, from gourmet chocolate to a beautiful bracelet. Our CEO and Chief Happiness Officer, Nataly Kogan, has incredible taste (and I am not even just saying that because she’s my boss). The idea is that she’s collected up some of her favorite things which help her to be happier on a daily basis, and we’ve packaged them up at a discounted price for our users. You could go buy a Happier Box right now for around $75, or you could maybe win one right here, because it made me so happy I made sure I got one to give to one of you.

Want one of these boxes chock-full of little reminders to be happier? Of course you do! First go review the contest rules and regulations, then come back and leave a comment on this post by 8:00 a.m. Eastern (that’s 5:00 a.m. Pacific) on Friday, January 30th, 2015 for a chance to win. Winner to be determined by my random-commenter-selector plugin thingie (technical term) on Friday.

Ready? Go!

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Bowl in a bowl in a bowl in a (you get the idea)

Need a set of mixing bowls? This Anchor Hocking 10-piece glass bowl set is down to just $15.97 at Amazon (its lowest price ever). Just make sure you choose Amazon as the vendor; you may need to go to the “Other Sellers” column on the right as it’s currently defaulting to a different seller (and higher price).

This pretty much gives you every size bowl you need, and they’re nearly indestructible. Plus you can’t beat the price!

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Today’s the day to save on Prime

Have you been on the fence about getting Amazon Prime? I’ll confess, when the price was raised to $99/year I wasn’t sure, initially, that we’d keep it. But I use it all the time, from last-minute shopping convenience to free loans for our Kindles to enjoying Prime Steaming of shows I should probably be working instead of watching.

If you’ve been considering Prime but haven’t taken the plunge yet, do it today—instead of $99, today only they’re offering a year of Prime for just $72 through this link, making it even cheaper than the original $79 it used to be, years ago.

[Bonus: Even if you don't grab Prime, they're offering all 10 episodes of the first season of the Amazon-original series, Transparent, today, to everyone. Of course, I don't know too many people who're going to have time to watch all 10 episodes today, but there you go.]

I already paid my $99 because I’ve had Prime for years, but if you haven’t, this would be the day to grab it.

[Edited to add: The ravishingly gorgeous Corey points out that if you're an existing member, you can purchase this as a gift... for yourself! Just set your existing account so that it doesn't auto-renew, then send your gift on the expiration date. Thanks, Corey!]

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Puzzle me this

Ohhhhhh, I am digging today’s featured Gold Box deal at Amazon—it’s deep discounts on puzzles, my family’s weakness. Choose from chunky wood options for the toddlers all the way up to 1,000-piece masterpieces, and while the deal header says “up to 50% off,” some are actually even cheaper than that.

Not included in this sale, but worth every penny: If you have nerdlings who love science, get this The Elements puzzle immediately. It’s not only satisfyingly difficult, it’s gorgeous, and a great way to learn the periodic table. (We just did this one over Christmas break. It is my favorite puzzle in the whole world, and I’m pretty sure I paid a lot more than Amazon is currently selling it for.)

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Better late than never, LEGO Minecraft

If you have Minecraft- and LEGO-crazy kids, you may have noticed that the newest themed LEGO sets did not go on sale before Christmas. (You may also have noticed that when they came out with the Microworld sets, they didn’t go on sale for several years, but why nitpick?)

Anyway, perhaps you have a birthday or other occasion coming up, in which case you may be pleased to know that a trio of LEGO Minecraft sets have just dropped to their lowest prices ever (so far…) at Amazon:
LEGO Minecraft Crafting Box is down to $42
LEGO Minecraft The First Night is down to $34.99
LEGO Minecraft The Ender Dragon is down to $59.99

None of these are huge discounts, but for sets that haven’t yet gone on sale, it’s a nice savings. You’ll totally feel better about stepping on these pieces in the middle of the night. (Not really, but we can dream.)

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The Want Not Review: Tolerant Organic Lentil Pasta

Tolerant-RotiniSo let me be absolutely clear with you about pasta: Most of the time, I don’t miss pasta. What I miss since giving up gluten is bread (delicious, squishy bread!), but pasta, meh. I’m happy to make zucchini or spaghetti squash noodles for sauce. And gluten-free rice pasta is fine, if somewhat nutritionally empty. The only time I miss pasta is when I make macaroni and cheese for the rest of the family. (If you don’t have a homemade recipe, may I suggest Alton Brown’s version? It is perfection.) I can make it with Trader Joe’s rice pasta and GF flour so I can eat it, but then I feel guilty, because it’s not exactly health food.

This weekend at Costco we stumbled across this gluten-free red lentil rotini from Tolerant. Each serving has—I hope you’re sitting down—21 grams of protein, as well as the equivalent vitamins/minerals to a serving of veggies. In a pasta. “I bet this stuff tastes like cardboard,” I said to my husband. “Just try it,” he said. “Maybe it’s good.”

Well, my husband is smart. Not only is this pasta delicious (good body without being dense or sticky), it passed muster with the gluten-eaters in my house, it’s organic and non-GMO, and I don’t have to feel guilty about pasta anymore because this stuff is a lean, guilt-free protein source. We have to drive over an hour to Costco (and typically only go a few times a year) and we are going back this weekend to buy more. Whether you’re gluten-free or not, it’s worth checking out.

Purchasing: This stuff is a lot more expensive than cheapie supermarket pasta, but remember you’re getting a nutritionally dense product to ease the sting. Costco carries a 1.65 pound box for $8.79 (looks like only Costcos in FL, TN, GA, SC and NC so far). Some states carry it at Target. Amazon carries it if you’re desperate, but be prepared for extreme sticker shock. Their best deal looks to be this 6-pack of 12 ounce boxes for $41.94, plus you’ll get $5 off with coupon code PK8DP3ZJ.

Bottom line: Crazy delicious and good for you, too. Expensive for pasta, cheap for protein. Yummy whether you eat gluten or not.

[Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Tolerant Foods. I purchased my own product---with skepticism!---and just feel moved to share because it turned out to be so amazing.]

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Woot up your Tuesday

As much as I appreciate a Monday holiday, I don’t love how it makes Tuesday feel like Monday. (You feel me? No? It’s possible I need more coffee.)

Then again, there’s nothing like a Woot-Off to cheer me up; rotating deals all day long have that effect on me. They’re Wooting Off all day long today at Woot, Home.Woot, Tools.Woot, Sport.Woot, Kids.Woot, and Wine.Woot (motto: only wine occasionally, haha we fooled you).

Will all this Wooting impede my productivity today? Probably. Will it increase my happiness? Definitely.

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Free shipping, extra savings

Hop on over to Forever 21 today for free shipping on any size order, plus an automatic extra 30% off sale items and various other sales.

This is a perfect time to pick up cheap leggings for your teen, which of course can then lead to the joy of further arguments about whether or not leggings are pants (they’re not). Wait. Tell me again why I’m shopping here…?

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I’ve clearly lived in the South too long

I’m not sure what’s wrong with me—perhaps all those grits and grosgrain ribbons have finally infused my brain with a weakness for all things adorable and “down home”y—but today’s deal at Home.Woot is actually sort of charming me into thinking I really, really need a giant drink dispenser and matching mason jar-esque drinking mugs.

Do I need it? Probably not. Would it be awesome filled with tea or lemonade on a hot day, out on the porch? Of course it would.

Woot’s selling it for $40 plus $5 shipping. Looks like the regular price is around $70. I don’t entertain enough to justify it, but maybe you do. And if you get one, I want to come to your party.

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Stock up on cool clothes for the teens

I always forget that Tilly’s exists, and I don’t know why, because they have a ton of the brands my teens love, and great sales.

Right now all sale items are discounting an extra 50%, automatically, when you add items to your cart. Spend $30+ (not hard; this is almost exclusively where I get the kids “cool” sneakers, now) and you can use coupon code SAVINGS30 for free shipping.

Then just wait for your purchases to arrive and your five seconds of being an appreciated mom. Or maybe that’s just how it works at my house.

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