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Cyber Monday Deals

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There are just 24 days until Christmas, so take advantage of these Cyber Monday deals for your holiday shopping. Some of these deals end tonight, while others extend throughout the week. You won’t need to brave the cold weather to get these deals—they are just a click away!

December is finally here! Send a festive arrangement to a loved one to celebrate the holiday season. Get free shipping/no service charge on select products at 1800flowers.com! Use promo code HLDYSHP at checkout. (Offer valid from 11/28 12:01AM EST to 12/01 11:59PM EST.)
Amazon has great deals every day this week, so you can keep saving long after Cyber Monday is over. Shop Amazon Cyber Monday deals week.
Looking for unique, one of a kind gifts? Check out CafePress’ 24-hour Cyber Monday sale! Get 30% off everything with code CYBERSAV. (Coupon code is valid today only.)
Get a head start on your holiday gifts—send some yummy treats! Think it’s too early to send a Christmas gift? Think again! You can order now and select a future delivery date upon checkout. Get $15 off $50 purchase at Cheryls.com. Use coupon code CYBERSAVE. (Offer valid 12/1/14 12.01am–11.59pm EST.)
Find some cute clothes for the kiddos on your holiday list. Save 50% off everything! (Offer valid 12/1 only.)
Not only does HearthSong have lots of amazing toys for you to discover, but they have also many award-winning toys that kids will love. Get 15% off $50+ with $15 Reward Card at HearthSong.com! Use code: LSHSCMON14.
Juice Beauty offers an extensive line of organic skin care and cosmetic products. This award-winning company has products for both men and women, so take advantage of their Cyber Monday sale. Get an exclusive gift box that includes up to $133 worth of free skincare and makeup when you spend $75–125, plus free shipping. (Valid 11/30 and 12/1.)
You can find clothes for the whole family, home decor, and more at Kohl’s! Don’t forget to check out their pretty Christmas ornaments and decorations. The best part? You can save 20% off sitewide with code CYBERTAKE20, plus get free shipping on $25—no code needed! (Valid 11/29–12/3.)
If you or some family members need to stock up on contact lenses, check out Vision Direct. Take 30% off your First Vision Direct Contact Lens order with code THANKS30. (Valid 11/26–12/2.)
Find toys, electronics, and gifts for the whole family at Walmart. New specials added daily during Cyber Week at Walmart.com!

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Etsy Item of the Day: Frozen Memory Arm Warmers

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These sky blue arm warmers are made from a super soft cotton knit fabric, which means they are lightweight and breathable, perfect for many seasons. The print on the fabric reminds me of Elsa’s icy blue dress from the movie Frozen. If you have loved ones who are Frozen fans, this might be an excellent gift for them!
Frozen Memory Arm Warmers ~ Etsy Seller: Zen and Coffee

Etsy Seller: Zen and Coffee

A Special Performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas

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A Charlie Brown Christmas
On Thursday, December 4 at 7:00pm, a special performance of A Charlie Brown Christmas will be conducted at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

This isn’t just any concert because Jerry Granelli—the only surviving member of the Vince Guaraldi Trio—will be performing. In case you didn’t already know, it was the Guaraldi Trio who recorded the original soundtrack for A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965. Accompanying Granelli are Simon Fisk on bass, Chris Gestrin on piano, and a local choir—the Cross Town Youth Chorus.

In addition to the unforgettable music, Granelli will sharing the story of the Guaraldi Trio who made the famous album. This will be an event that the whole family will enjoy.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Ottawa Jazz Festival website.

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Black Friday Deals

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Looking for some awesome deals for your holiday shopping? Today is Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year! Browse the deals below and shop online to avoid the crowds and long lines—that way you can spend less time shopping and more time with family and loved ones this weekend.

Send some festive flowers to your loved ones or get a live plant or wreath to decorate your own home. 1-800-Flowers has Black Friday/Cyber Monday Savings all weekend long! Save 25% on your purchase of select items. Use promo code HLDYTWNTYFV at checkout. (Offer valid from 11/28 12:01AM EST to 12/01 11:59PM EST.)
Amazon has some great deals and low prices on Black Friday, but the savings continue all week long. Shop Amazon’s Black Friday deals week.
For even the toughest person on your shopping list, you can find something funny, festive, chipper, or hobby-related at CafePress. You can even create your own t-shirts, pajamas, hoodies—anything! Planning a family reunion next year? Now is the chance to save big on your order. Check out their Black Friday sale! 30% off with code BLKFRI. Good through 11/28.
You can find lots of cute clothes for your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews at Gymboree. Get 50% off everything, plus $10 sleep and $15 fleece tops (11/26–11/28).
HearthSong is a fantastic place to shop for all kinds of kids’ toys. Check out their Black Friday deals—including free shipping for purchases $49+ and a $15 reward card at HearthSong.com! Use code LSHSBFRI14.
Give the gift of a Kiwi Crate this holiday season! The crate is chock-full of activities and creative stuff to inspire young ones. They’re having an exclusive Kiwi Crate Black Friday sale! Starting today through 12/1, save 60% on your 1st month subscription to Kiwi Crate PLUS free shipping with code HOLIDAY60 at checkout.
Find unique toys, gifts, home decor, and more for children of all ages at Land of Nod. Receive free parcel shipping PLUS 15% off your order at The Land of Nod from 11/27 through 12/1 for a Black Friday/Cyber Monday super sale!
Kohl’s is a great place to shop for clothes for the whole family. Looking for pretty linens for Christmas dinner or accent pieces for your home decor? Check out Kohl’s, and save 15% off sitewide with code THANKS15 11/24–11/28.
Walmart is your one stop shop for toys, electronics, or other miscellaneous items for the home. For everyone on your list, shop Black Friday deals at Walmart.com!

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The World’s Largest Gingerbread Town

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Pepperkakebyen - Bergen Sentrum
Photo Source: bergensentrum.no

Gingerbread houses and cookies are a fun Christmas treat that folks around the globe enjoy every holiday season. The citizens of Bergen, Norway have turned these tasty treats into an immaculate display—a gingerbread town (or Pepperkakebyen), which is a replica of the city of Bergen. Since 1991 children and adults alike participate in this annual Christmas tradition. The Pepperkakebyen is filled with all types of gingerbread structures, such as buildings, houses, cars, trains, and ships.

The Pepperkakebyen is open from November 22–December 31, 2014. To find out more information about admission and hours, view their website. You can view more photos on the city’s Facebook page or on Instagram using hashtag #bergensentrum.

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Etsy Item of the Day: Return Address Labels

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We all have several Christmas cards to send out every year, so why not add a festive return address label to your envelopes? If you’ve already sent out all your Christmas cards, go ahead and check out all the other whimsical labels from this Etsy shop. You’ll find labels, hang tags, and stickers for your holiday gifts, like baked goods, gable boxes, wine bottles, and more.
Return Address Labels

Etsy Seller: Stick ‘em up! Labels

A Paper Folding Tradition for 40+ Years

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At the American Museum of Natural History, their Origami Holiday Tree has been an annual tradition for more than 40 years. The tree is a whopping 13 feet tall and displays more than 800 origami ornaments—each one folded by hand! Origami artists from all over the world assist in making the plethora of paper models for the tree. The theme for this year’s tree is Origami Night at the Museum, inspired by the film Night at the Museum.

The 2014 Origami Holiday Tree will be on display from November 24, 2014 through January 11, 2015.

Here are some images from 2013’s holiday tree. The theme for 2013 was Wicked, Wild and Wonderful and was inspired by The Power of Poison exhibit at the museum.

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

Photo Credit: AMNH/R. Mickens

For more information, please visit the American Museum of Natural History website, or contact them at:

American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

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Etsy Item of the Day: Handmade Salt & Pepper Shakers

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I would love to have a beautiful set of salt and pepper shakers, such as this handmade set. I like the icy blue tones, the varying depths of color, and how the branches’ tips look like snow has just fallen. These sculptural evergreens stand 4.5" tall and come with a matching tray. They are so pretty that your dinner guests may mistake them for decorations! ;)
Handmade Salt & Pepper Shakers

Etsy Seller: Blue Sky Pottery
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