25 Days of Paint Projects Day 16: Hexagon Painted Wall

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You guys know there are few things I love more than a nice home up-do with a fresh coat of paint. So this month we’ll be checking out 25 paint projects, along with the colors they used so you can motivate yourself to tackle some painting if it’s on your to-do list this summer!

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This hexagon pattern looks amazing on an accent wall.  You could use whatever colors you want, but I love the pastels she chose! See how Anam at Delicious And DIY used a cardboard stencil to paint a plain wall – the results are amazing.  I love what a little paint (and some serious work . . . ) can do!

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Up To $25 In Free Clothing From Schoola (Includes Free Shipping!)

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Have you heard of Schoola yetThey’re an online used children’s retail store, and right now they’re offering $15 in free credit to ALL NEW users when you sign up for a free account, as well as completely free shipping!

 

 

But the best part is that even if you already have an account, you can also earn an additional $10 in free credit when you create your own custom collection (should take just a few minutes), and of course you’ll make an additional $15 for yourself if you refer friends to Schoola. 

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There are lots of nice items – many of which are under $5!

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So far I’ve been very pleased with my orders from Schoola, and for free it’s definitely worth trying out.

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See what I got in our first shipment from Schoola, and feel free to leave your referral code in the comments so other folks can order through your code. Enjoy!

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The Best Mother’s Day Gift (That Didn’t Cost a Penny)

 

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 I am a lucky girl. :)

 

Remember last week when I rambled (probably a little too long . . . ), about struggling with measuring up?

 

Well, my husband took the time to read that mess (he doesn’t read everything here on PPP, but scans some of it every once in awhile), and on a blank piece of copy paper gave me just the best Mother’s Day card and gift I’ve ever received. 

 

I’d told him not to spend money (we’ve been working quite a bit on fluffing up our home, so I was perfectly content with that), but this little note was more than I ever could have wished for.

To spare you the gorey ahemgoofy details, I won’t share it all, but hope he’ll forgive me for sharing a few of my favorite parts. 

“Our marriage has not been perfect, but you have given me the perfect marriage. . .  . you are what I always wanted, not “Barbie.” :) 

 

Folks, this guy looks at this absolute mess of a mom with pudgy hips, saggy soft spots, and one crazy unorganized life, and loves (and cheers!) for me every single day. Back when I first starting working on PPP, when I was literally putting in 40 hours a week and not making a single penny, he stood by as my cheerleader, confidently encouraging me to keep at it, never once questioning my work here despite the extra load it often put on him.

 

The last year has not been our easiest. In fact, probably since our marriage I’ve cried more tears than I can remember. (And I’m not one to shed tears much ~ hardly ever!) Moving 8 hours from what had become our home has been a major adjustment, and we’ve had some other struggles that have popped onto our plate along the way.

 

(Add in parenting both a teenager and tweenager in the midst of that along with one crazy busy 8 year old? Yikes.) 

 

James is oh-so-different from me. He hates social media, rarely watches a movie, and in many ways is an old-fashioned-fuddy-duddy-born-100-years-too late.

 

Bless him. 😉

 

But he loves and encourages me as if I’m amazing (despite the fact that I’m so far from it!), and continues to be this person who just thinks I’m a rockstar even when he sees the truth every day.

 

(Isn’t it a blessing when those who know you best love you most? wow.)

 

Honestly? I’m not great at doing the same thing for him. I get frustrated that the dishes aren’t done, or if the laundry’s piling up, or if I just feel like I’m incapable of keeping up. I have got to work better at being his cheerleader too, but for whatever reason it’s not always natural to me.

 

 

If you’re lucky enough to have a cheerleader in your life too, whether it be your spouse, parents, or a wonderful friend, thank them because they will help you go so much further than you ever can go on your own.

 

And, if you’re like me and struggle to cheer someone else on, goodness gracious, join me and let’s start doing just that!

 

Sometimes just being cheered for is all we need to turn into our very best self ~ and I’m so incredibly thankful to have someone cheering for me. (Especially on those days I’m not so sure of myself.)

 

Anyone else get  just the most wonderful gift for Mother’s Day that wasn’t even all that much? Sometimes those gifts are just the sweetest, and I’m oh-so-thankful for that one today. 

 

 

 

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16 {Easy} Ways to Save $1000 On Your Next Road Trip

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Planning a vacation this summer? It’s so easy for even short vacations to bust your budget, but there are a ton of simple ways to save every single day on the road. Our family loves to travel (in fact writing this post has me already dreaming up summer trips), so finding things we can do to save along the way makes it a wee bit easier around here.

 

Here are a few things that have worked for us . . . 

{Note: Savings based on a family of 5, 2 adults, 1 teenager, and 2 children. Estimated trip is 5 nights long and includes 6 tanks of gas.}

 

Save on Food

1. Pack a picnic lunch and stop at a rest area while driving. (This is one of our favorite ways to save and best vacation memories ~ we always pack a frisbee so the kids can run around while we stop!)

  • savings: $30 each stop x 2 = $60

2. Shop a local Aldi store while traveling for extra groceries on the road.

  • savings: up to $60 depending on the amount of groceries you purchase

3. Take advantage of Restaurant.com gift cards for nicer restaurant meals.

  • savings: typically $25 off a restaurant $50 gift card – be sure to note that they typically require a minimum amount spent so you’ll want to read the fine print prior to ordering, and be sure to check out extra discount codes before you purchase (usually available on their main page)

4. Eat a meal at Sam’s or Costco if you have a membership.

  • savings: $20-$30, depending on the size of your family x 2 = $60

5. Pack breakfast bars and eat lunch early to skip buying a full meal for breakfast. 

  • savings: $25 x 2 = $50

6. Pack drinks for the road instead of buying them at restaurants or gas stations.

  • savings = $30 per day x 5 days = $150

7. Take advantage of kids eat free restaurants (find restaurant options HERE and HERE)

  • savings = $10 per meal x 3 = $30 
Save on Hotels

8. Check Priceline to get the best prices on hotels each night, or VRBO if you’re staying in a condo. (May also want to consider staying instead in a hotel like Hampton Inn that offers complimentary breakfast, which would save around $25 for a family of 5.)

  • savings: up to $50 off each night, estimated savings based on $25 per night = $125

9. Visit a friend or relative while traveling and spend the night with them

  • savings = $100 per night x 1 = $100
Save on Gas

10. Use the Gas Buddy App to find the best price on gas in your area.

  • savings: up to $4 per tank of gas x 6 = $24

11. Take advantage of fuel points at Kroger or Giant Eagle (or other stores) with their summer fuel perks programs.

  • savings: up to $1 off per gallon or $17 per tank of gas x 2 = $34

 

Save on Entertainment

12. Instead of visiting expensive museums or aquariums, take a family friendly hike (find family hiking options HERE),

visit state capitals along the way, 

check out college campuses to give your kids a peek of college life, 

or tour local factories that offer free tours. 

  • savings = $100, depending on cost of museum

 

13.  Check out Groupon in the town you’re visiting and see if they’re offering any special discounts on activities you’d like to do.

  • savings = $25 (will vary by offer)

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14. Pack “treat” bags for the road using Dollar Tree items to help your kids manage longer driving distances

  • savings = $20 compared to purchasing things along the way

and skip souvenirs and buy postcards instead to create a souvenir booklet or let your kids pick up free local maps at rest areas to remember where they’ve visited

  • savings: $10-$15 per souvenir x 3 kids x 2 = $90

 

Save on Miscellaneous Extras

15. Get books and DVDs from your local library to read on the trip.

  • savings: $45 on reading materials for your trip

16. Take sample size laundry detergent with you so you don’t have to purchase it while traveling (great way to use up those free sample size items!)

  • savings = $10

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TOTAL SAVINGS = $1008  . . . it really adds up!
Do you have any other tips on saving while on a road trip? I’d love to hear them ~ leave a comment to share!
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25 Days of Paint Projects Day 9: Painted Herringbone Ceiling

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You guys know there are few things I love more than a nice home up-do with a fresh coat of paint. So this month we’ll be checking out 25 paint projects, along with the colors they used so you can motivate yourself to tackle some painting if it’s on your to-do list this summer!

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I’ve never seen this done before, but absolutely love the way Amy from Always Never Done painted her stairway ceiling in a herringbone print.  She gives you the step-by-step on how she did it, and the finished product is so amazing!  Head over here to check it out.

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20 Items You Need To Buy At Aldi (And What You Should Skip At Your Aldi Store Too)

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Do you have an Aldi in your area? If so, there are so many items that you can easily save on, but definitely some things you should never (ever?) purchase while you’re there. Watch the video to get an idea, then read through the list and share your comments too.

 

Here are the 20 items you need to buy at Aldi . . .

1. Produce included in their sale ad each week. Most of Aldi’s produce prices are very reasonable, but the items included in their sale ad are where you’ll see the best deals. Make sure to check to the quality of the produce before purchasing (it’s definitely hit or miss at some stores), but I’ve been pleased with most of the produce I’ve found at our local Aldi!

2. Bananas ($.44/lb – will vary by area)

2. Spices and seasonings ($.99)

3. Flour and sugar ($1,99), including whole wheat flour ($2.79), brown sugar ($1.29), and powdered sugar ($1.29)

4. Imitation vanilla ($1.99)

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5. Minced garlic (1.99)

6. Semi Sweet Morsels ($1.59)

7. Yeast 3 pack ($.79)

8. Honey ($4.99)

9. Maraschino Cherries ($1.59)

10. Pancake Syrup ($1.59)

11. Milk ($2.29 – will vary by area)

12. Eggs ($1.49 – will vary by store)

14. Cheese (string cheese, shredded cheese – unless your local grocery store has  a great sale)

15. Flour Tortillas ($1.19)

16. Fruit Gel Bowls ($1.79)

17. Chips ($1.69) & Salsa ($1.89)

18. Hazelnut Spread (aka Nutella – tastes just like the real thing, $1.99)

19. Snack Items – pretzels ($1.29), bagged chips ($1.49), Chocolate Cream Cookies (basically Oreos, $1.69)

20. Gluten Free & Organic Foods. Aldi has been adding a ton of gluten free and organic foods to their stores recently, and their prices seem very reasonable on these. If you shop for those items, it’s definitely worth swinging by to check them out!

 

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So, curious what I don’t think you should buy at Aldi? Here are my top five items . . .

1. Diapers. Pampers were $24.79 for size 3 at my store or 23¢ per diaper. You can easily shop at Amazon where the same size Pampers are 16¢ per diaper when you clip the $3 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save (see even better prices right now on diapers at Amazon over HERE)

2. K Cups. The Barrisimo Brand K Cups were $4.79 for a 12 pack at my store, which makes them $.39 each. Amazon sells these regularly for $.33 per K Cup, and you may find an even better deal if you wait for a sale at your local grocery store.

3. Pringles. Pringles were $1.45 at my store – you can usually find these on sale for around $1 if you wait for a sale.

4. Coca Cola 12 packs. These were $4.45 for the 12 pack, and I’ve frequently seen them on sale at CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid for less than $3 per pack, or get the generic store brand at Kroger, Publix or your local grocer to save even more!

5. Meat. Although I’ve heard so many folks questioning the safety of Aldi meat, I really believe it is just fine. However, we don’t buy meat at Aldi because I consistently find better prices at my local grocery store, as well as local specialty stores like Fresh Thyme, Sprouts, and Earth Fare.

For me even the Aldi sales aren’t good enough to make me switch over, so I’ll keep purchasing meat at other stores. (Make sure you know what a good price is – get my free stock up price list HERE so you never pay too much!)

 

 

Okie dokie ~ what would you add to the list? My rule of thumb is to never purchase name brands at Aldi because they consistently seem very high to me, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on that one. Leave a comment to share your thoughts and what I’ve missed – I love hearing from you!

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Birdseye Steamfresh® Flavor Full and Steamfresh® Protein Blends + Meijer Gift Card Giveaway

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Have you heard about the new Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Flavor Full & Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Protein BlendsI picked some up this week at Meijer, and my husband can’t wait to try them out when we’re grilling this week.

They come in several different varieties – a few of the ones I noticed while shopping were: 

  • Barbecue Sweet Corn
  • Ranch Broccoli
  • Teriyaki Broccoli
  • Buffalo Cauliflower
  • Southwest Style Protein Blend
  • California Style Protein Blend
  • Italian Style Protein Blend

I chose the Barbecue Sweet Corn and Southwest Style Blend varieties, and am planning to serve the Barbecue Sweet Corn with our favorite grilled chicken recipe, and might even try the Southwest Blend in an appetizer or soup this week. (I’ll let you know how it goes!)

These look like a great way to add a little zing to a weeknight quick meal at home, and I love that they easily cook in the bag for busy meals in a hurry. We always keep Birds Eye® Steamfresh® Frozen Veggies on hand (my kids love Birds Eye® Steamfresh®  Broccoli and Sweet Corn varieties), so I’m excited to try these out.

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The fantastic folks at Meijer and Birds Eye® Steamfresh® have teamed up to offer a $25 Meijer gift card for one lucky PPP reader, so take a minute to enter to win! Here’s how:

  1. Leave a comment on this post sharing how you could use Steamfresh Sides as a side dish for a meal this week in your home. (Facebook fans – please leave your comment on the blog post itself so that I have your email if you win!)
  2. “Like” the Birds Eye® Steamfresh® on Facebook, and leave a comment below letting me know you joined!

 

If you have a Meijer nearby, swing by this week and pick up a bag or two and let me know what you think. And, don’t forget to leave your comment to enter to win ~ I’ll pick one lucky winner to win the $25 Meijer Gift Card this Monday, 5/17/15 at 10 PM. Good luck!

 


Birds Eye® new products: Steamfresh® Flavor Full and Steamfresh® Protein Blends – in 8 varieties!

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Sams, Costco And Amazon Price Comparison (We Were Surprised!)

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It’s been awhile since we’ve compared the savings at Costco, Sam’s and Amazon, but with new May coupons out at Amazon and Costco, it’s time to see how they stack up! We were definitely surprised by the results this month, but note that especially at Amazon their very quick sales can really save you a bundle, however you often have to purchase quickly or you won’t get those deals and they don’t last long!

As always, when shopping these stores please go in with a budget in place (in case you haven’t heard that enough from us!) It is oh-so-easy to overspend at these stores, and easily go way over your budget, so shop wisely as you go to make sure you’re really getting the best deals.

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Be sure to see what 15 items are worth checking out at Costco and at Sam’s Club as well before you shop.  If you’ve found other deals that you’ve just loved at Costco or Sam’s Club, leave a comment to let us know what you think.

Costco – Starbucks House Blend K-Cups (54 ct) – $28.89 or $.53 per kcup
Amazon- Starbucks House Blend K-Cups (54 ct) – $41.95 or $.81 per kcup
Sam’s – Starbuck’s House Blend K – Cups (54 ct) – $33.98 or 04 $.62 per k cup
Costco- Starbucks Cafe Vernona (54 ct) – $29.99 or $.55 per kcup
Amazon- Starbucks Cafe Verona (24 ct) – $17.97 or $.74 per kcup

If you’re not partial to Starbucks, an even better deal is San Francisco Bay at Amazon – $.34 per KCup when you choose to subscribe and save – even less when you subscribe and save to five or more items in one month

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Viva Paper Towels (15 Jumbo Rolls – 115 sheets per roll) – $13.99 or $.92 per Jumbo Roll or $.008 per sheet
Amazon – Viva Paper Towels (24 Regular Rolls – $.66 sheets per roll) – $23.49 or $.98 per roll or $.014 per sheet
Sam’s – Viva Paper Towel (16 Family Rolls – 113 sheets per roll) – $20.98 or $1.13 per Family Rolls or $.011 per sheet

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Scott’s Toilet Paper (36 rolls – 1,000 sheets per roll) – $18.99 or $.52 per roll or $.0052 per sheet
Amazon- Scotts Toilet Paper ( 27 rolls -1,000 sheets per roll)- $15.80 or $.59 per roll or $.0059 per sheet
Sams-  Scott’s Toilet paper (36 rolls- 1,000 sheets per roll)- $23.28 or $.64 per roll or $.006 per sheet

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Cottonelle Ultra Toilet Paper (36 roll- 225 sheets per roll)- $14.69 or $.41 per roll or $.0016 per sheet
Amazon- Cottonelle Toilet Paper (32 count- 166 sheets per roll) – $11.57 or $.36 per roll or $.002 per sheet
Sam’s-  Cottonelle Toilet Paper (45 rolls- 250 sheets per roll) – $23.98 or $.53 per roll or $.002 per sheet

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Huggies Diapers (Size 1- 192 ct) – $31.49 or $.16 per diaper
Amazon-  Huggies Diapers (Size 1 – 276ct) – $15.13  or $.11 per diaper when you clip $3 off coupon and choose to subscribe and save
Sam’s- Huggies Diapers (Size 1- 204 ct) – $39.98 or $.19 per diaper

Costco Huggies Wipes (1160 ct) – $19.99 or $.017 per wipe
Amazon – Huggies Wipes (648 ct) – $8.17 or $.012 per wipe
Sam’s – Huggies Wipes (864 ct) – $19.99 or $.023 per wipe

WINNER = Amazon for Diapers and Wipes

Sam’s – Lysol Wipes ( 600 ct) – $19.98 or $.033 per wipe
Costc0 – Lysol Wipes (480 ct) – $12.98 or $.027 per wipe
Amazon- Lysol Wipes (240 ct) – $6.78 or $.031 per wipe

WINNER = Costco (Barely)

Costco- Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (250 oz) – $11.79 or $.047 per oz
Amazon- Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent (150 oz) – $7.88 or $.52 per oz

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Dawn Soap (90 oz) – $6.99 or $.07 per oz
Sams- Dawn Dish Soap (90 oz) – $8.78 or $.09 per oz
Amazon- Dawn Dish Soap (25 oz) – $3.89 or $.12 per oz

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Oxi Clean 13.42 lb 290 loads – $12.99 or $.04 per load
Sam’s – Oxi Clean 11.7 lb 252 loads – $15.98  or $.06 per load
Amazon- Oxi Clean 5 lb 108 loads – $8.18 or or $.07 per load

WINNER = Costco

Costco- Cascade 90 ct – $12.79 or $.14 per tab
Amazon- Cascade 60 ct – $9.72 or $.14 per tab when you subscribe to five or more items in one month

 

If you don’t prefer Cascade, you can get Finish Tabs for $.11 per tab when you clip the $2.15 off coupon in the middle of the page and choose to subscribe and save

WINNER = Costco & Amazon Tie

Sam’s- Glad Trash Bags (140 ct) – $16.47 or $.11 per bag
Costco – Glade Trash Bags (140 ct) – $16.49 or $.11 per bag

WINNER = Tie

Sam’s – Milk Bone Treats (14 lb) – $11.18 or $.79 per lb
Costco- Milk Bone Treats (8 lb) – $6.49 or $.81 per lb

WINNER = Sam’s

Costco – Cheerios ( 40 oz) – $3.55 or $.09 per oz
Sam’s – Cheerios (41 oz) – $5.55 or $.14 per oz

WINNER = Costco

Costco – Organic Coconut Oil (54 oz) – $16.99 or $.31 per oz
Sam’s – Organic Coconut Oil (54 oz) – $15.14 or $.28 per oz
Amazon- Organic Coconut Oil (32 oz)- $13.58 or $.42 per oz

WINNER = Sam’s

Costco – Dyson Vacuum – $289.99
Amazon- Dyson Vacuum – $339

WINNER = Costco

 

 

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Stamp Out Hunger Pantry Cleanout

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Here’s a quick peek at my Stamp Out Hunger Pantry Cleanout! Don’t forget Stamp Out Hunger is tomorrow – just leave your non perishable donation items at your mailbox and your local mail carrier will pick them up.

 

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Before

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After

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Donations

 

I’d love to hear if you’re able to donate a few items as well – leave a comment to share!

 

 

 

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*HOT* Kohl’s Friends & Family Event: Save On Curtains, Outdoor Furniture, Toys & More!

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I made a quick run to Kohl’s yesterday (watch for details in today’s Friday Fluff Up coming shortly), and goodness they’ve got some fantastic prices going on online and in stores! Take a peek at these great deals . . .

 

Croft & Barrow Polos – Women’s $9.99, Men’s $12.99

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $7.99 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 5 Men’s shirts, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $51.96, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $6.99 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

 

 

Sonoma Window Panels $23.99 (these looked fantastic in the store – I was so impressed with the quality!)

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $19.19 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 3 Panels, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $57.56, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $15.85 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

 

 

By the way – I loved the ones in blue and am probably going to pick up a few for our patio!

Sonoma Stacking Chairs (in stores these are $39.99 each, online they only sell them in groups of 4 and their is a shipping surcharge of $30, so your best bet is probably to purchase these in store)

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $127 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 4 chairs, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $127.56, get $20 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $26.99 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

Sonoma Anti Gravity Chairs $64.99

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $51.99 + Get $10 in Kohl’s Cash – makes it $41

(Deal idea: buy 3 Panels, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $57.56, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $15.85 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

 

Sonoma Outdoor Pillows & Seat Cusihons $11.99 

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $9.59 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Deal idea: buy 6 pillows or cushions, use the code YES2ME at checkout, pay $57.56, get $10 in Kohl’s cash, makes them $7.92 each after coupon code and Kohl’s cash!)

Sonoma Garden Stool $39.99 (I loved these in the store and am planning on getting one myself!)

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $31.99 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

(Note – I couldn’t find these online but they had several available at my store – I liked that these were metal instead of ceramic and I think they’ll hold up well despite my kids using them)

Step 2 Picnic Table $54.99 

  • Use code YES2ME at checkout
  • Pay as little as $43.99 + earn $10 in Kohl’s cash when you spend $50 or more

 

 

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