Monthly Archives: November 2012

Give the Gift of Something Tasty

I admit it – I have no problem topping off a tray of holiday cookies all on my own. Santa will just have to get his sugar fix at the next house! If you’ve got someone on your list with a sweet tooth like mine, check out Cheryl’s Cookies. You’ll find gift tins with frosted cookies (in adorable shapes like snowmen and snowflakes), red velvet cookies, crunchy chocolate pretzel clusters, gooey brownies and pecan butternut balls.

Shopping for a coffee lover? Take a look at Coffees of Hawaii. Fill a gift tin with up to three high quality coffees of your choosing like Kona Nightingale, a popular roast with hints of wine and fruit. If you’re shopping for someone who can’t start the day without a triple toffee mocha or a half-caff caramel macchiato, spring for a bag of Moloka’i Espresso, a dark roast that’s perfect in fancy coffee creations.

Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list is no small task. But tasty treats are always a hit! Plus, when you shop with our merchants, you’ll find great savings and earn money for your school. Everyone wins!

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Top Five Strategies for Holiday Savings

Today is Cyber Monday, and I know you savvy shoppers love to find great deals. Shopping is a competitive sport! And I want to let you in on the top five methods of coming out ahead this year.

1. Shop from home. Ok, you’ve got this one down. You’re already clued into the great deals you can find online – all from the comfort of your couch, remote and egg nog in hand.

2. Double-dip. Many financial institutions offer cards that give you cash back when you shop.  Now, you can earn both SchoolBucks from K12Rewards and cash back from your card. Take advantage of those, folks!

3. Find Deals. Check out our holiday page for fantastic deals on everything from beauty products to video games – like today’s great deal from Tory Burch! If you only go one place for deals this season, go here!

4. Use K12Rewards. When you’re browsing those holiday deals this season, be sure you’re signed into your K12Rewards account! You’ll get even bigger deals and earn for your school!

5. Relax. With all the time and money you’ll save with these savvy strategies, give yourself a break! Pour a glass of wine and put on your favorite holiday movie. The holidays are supposed to be fun, after all!

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Cyber Monday is Coming Up!

Thanksgiving is over and the holiday shopping season has officially begun! I’ll take online shopping – in my PJ’s with a slice of leftover pumpkin pie – over mall crowds any day. If you agree, Cyber Monday is the perfect chance to find great deals on gifts.

Got a tea lover on your list? Take a look at Teavana for gifts that are both tasty and sophisticated. Choose from a selection of white, green, oolong, black, herbal, rooibos and maté teas. My favorite is Oolong – it has a lot of body. For a unique gift idea, check out the Global Treasures gift basket, filled with teas inspired by cultures around the world like Moroccan Mint and Spiced Mandarin Oolong. A soothing  cup of hot tea is the perfect way to wake up on Christmas morning!

For me, it’s not tea unless it’s got lots of milk and honey. Which is perfect because Teavana carries a great selection of high-quality honey varieties, as well as rock sugars. And because your tea lover will need a way to brew and enjoy your thoughtful gift, be sure to take a look at Teavana’s cast iron tea pots, cups and saucers.

Shopping for a distant friend or family member? Browse 1-800-Flowers for great gifts that go beyond roses! Along with bouquets and festive centerpieces, choose from gifts like red velvet cheesecake, apple caramel cookie pie and ridiculously indulgent Oreos dipped in rich Belgian chocolate. Shop the Signature Collection and find gourmet goodies like chocolate covered strawberries a selection of wines from California, Chile and everywhere in between.

For offers and savings from these merchants and more, head on over to our special holiday page!

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Just One Week ‘Til Black Friday!

I don’t know about you, but I try to stay as far away as possible from the mall on Black Friday. I have no interest in getting trampled! But if you’re like me, you can still take advantage of the great Black Friday sales by shopping online with our merchants.

Take a look at the fantastic deals you’ll find at Kohl’s. If you’re shopping for a fashionista, Kohl’s has all kinds of cute styles at affordable prices. Maybe I’m weird, but I actually start looking forward to winter in August because I love cold weather clothes! Sweaters are so comfy and there are so many accessories to choose from this time of year…hats, scarves, gloves! At Kohl’s, you’ll find deals on all of this season’s trends like fitted sweater skirts, puffer jackets and flocked miniskirts.

Kohl’s has great gifts for the home, too, like 500-thread count Egyptian cotton sheet sets and kitchen appliances from KitchenAid. I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that buying a KitchenAid standing mixer was life-changing for me. I love to bake but my old hand mixer just wasn’t cutting it! I guess I don’t have the upper body strength.

If there’s a techie on your list, check out the deals you’ll find at Best Buy. There are definitely a few folks in my family who don’t consider it a successful holiday unless they score at least one new gadget. At Best Buy, save on cameras, camcorders, major appliances and hot new games like Halo 4. And Best Buy now carries the Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet with 8GB memory, 1GB RAM for speedy processing, Bluetooth capability, a 12-hour battery life and popular, preloaded apps like Gmail and YouTube.

Skip the lines this year and do your Black Friday shopping online! You’ll still get a jump on your holiday shopping but you won’t have to battle the crowds!

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Look Beautiful for the Holidays!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the parties. What can I say, I’m a sucker for frosted cookies.  During this busy social season, I’m always looking for ways to save on everything I need to look gorgeous.  If you’re like me, check out merchants like Sephora, Nars, Bath and Body Works, Macy’s and many more for savings on hot beauty products!

I can’t tell you how many stores I had to scour before I found the perfect eyeliner brush at Sephora.  And they have an extensive selection of frosty, shimmery eye shadow shades – perfect for winter celebrations!  And their wide range of brushes and accessories will help you get that perfect party look.

If Sephora has the best eyeliner brushes, Nars has the best eyeliner. My personal favorite is Night Breed – black with just a hint of glitter to fancy up your look. Their soft shades of blush, as well as their beautiful lip gloss and powder selections are must haves for holiday partying.

As someone who has been done up by the talented ladies at the Macy’s cosmetics bars more than once, I can personally testify to the quality of their beauty products. You’ll find bold, daring cosmetics lines like MAC and Smashbox. Or if you like to treat your skin to mineral cosmetics, Macy’s carries a full line of selections from bareMinerals.

Everyone loves a good holiday party. And it’s so much more fun when you feel pretty! Take advantage of savings from these great merchants and get everything you need to look your best this season!

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