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Matt’s parents came down to visit and meet their granddaughter this past weekend! It was nice to have them here and so special to introduce them to our new addition. Having some extra hands around didn’t hurt, either; while they were here, we (and by we I mean Matt and his parents – I hung out with Riese and watched!) actually decorated the house for Christmas! I doubt this would have happened without their help, and it’s so fun to have a festive house now – the warm glow of the Christmas tree is the perfect middle of the night nursing light. 🙂
They actually watched Riese for a couple hours so Matt and I could go pick out the tree together, which was fun – our first solo outing since she was born! It felt weird to be without her, but also really nice to get some time to ourselves. We stopped for festive eggnog lattes after, too – caffeine is so necessary right now!
All decorated! 🙂
Now all we need to do is to buy and wrap some presents to put under the tree! Matt and I are going to be doing all our holiday shopping online this year with our brand new cuddlebug supervising the action. Getting out to a store right now = not happening. Hooray for the internet! Also, nursing chairs are excellent for online shopping, in case you were wondering. 😉
As you are doing your holiday shopping this year, I wanted to remind you of a great resource that will make saving money easy – RetailMeNot!
Have you guys heard of RetailMeNot before? I have been using it for years and years – anytime I buy ANYTHING online I do a quick search on RetailMeNot (either the website or the app) to see if there is a coupon code or deal available. They have thousands of coupons, deals, and cash back offers (that you can combine with other offers to claim up to $30 cash back in one click), and I also discovered recently that they have discount e-gift cards.
If you need some gift ideas, RetailMeNot is a great place to start – check out their holiday deals page as well as their blog, which has great round up posts and holiday gift guides. Here are my fave recent posts:
27 Stocking Stuffers Under $20 for the Whole Family – I’m eyeing numbers 6, 10, and 13… and 27 for Zara!
24 Gift Ideas for Hard to Shop for People – lots of creative ideas here!
16 Ugly Christmas Sweaters – amazing. The Stranger Things themed one is my fave, although the Unicorn Sweater below (from Target – on sale using a deal!) is seriously amazing too. I like a man who can confidently wear a rainbow unicorn sweater, just sayin’.
Other gift ideas:
Shutterfly has some great deals on RetailMeNot right now (free shipping on orders over $45 and 28% off your total order – both good through 12/31). This is likely going to be the first year that Matt and I actually get Christmas cards made to sent out, so I’m planning to use these deals for those! Shutterfly also has a lot of cute gifts, like personalized photo ornaments, mugs, pillows, and calendars, canvas prints (we love these and have a ton of them hanging around the house featuring scenery shots I’ve taken), photo books, and more. I always love giving photo-related gifts – a nice way to give something more personal! In fact, I think some photo-related gifts featuring Riese might be nice for our family this year, especially since we got some cute professional newborn photos, like this one, taken of her when she was only 6 days old! I want to get a couple made into canvas prints for us, too, for the nursery. 🙂
Macy’s also has some great deals on RetailMeNot right now, like a 30% off deal, good through 12/11, that you can also pair with cash back! Macy’s is one of my favorite places to shop for holiday gifts because they have so much variety – normally I’d go in person and just wander around and see what strikes me, but this year I’m going to spend some time perusing their website instead!
In addition to online shopping deals, you can also use RetailMeNot to help you save money while shopping (or dining) in person! Last month, pre-baby, Matt and I splurged on a couple new pairs of shoes each at DSW and saved nearly $50 on the purchase thanks to a coupon code I found on RetailMeNot on my phone while we were waiting to check out. If you download the RetailMeNot app, it will alert you to nearby offers that can be redeemed directly from your phone at checkout – so easy! I loved these ankle boots so much that I bought them in both black and brown. 🙂
And now, it’s giveaway time! RetailMeNot is offering a $200 VISA gift card to one lucky winner to help fund their holiday shopping. To enter the giveaway, click here to browse the RetailMeNot website, then come comment back on this post with the deal you’re most excited to use for holiday shopping this year! Good luck and have fun. 🙂