May the 4th Be With You – Buy 3 Metal Earth Series Models and Get 1 Free

It may not be super obvious, but I am the world’s biggest Star Wars fan. So today’s deal from Marbles: The Brain Store seems like it was created just for me. Wow, did my dorkiness just come out or what?! ūüėČ

Marbles- the Brain StoreI’m like a kid in a candy shop right now.

The only downside? I don’t have the time nor the patience to put these bad boys together. And I have a very active son who would probably a. eat the pieces or b. destroy them. Heck, I may as well as add a c. in there and say all of the above.

If you are a Star Wars fan, or know someone who is, then you know how awesome today is. And how great these are.

Your brain, like these Metal Earth model kits, is pliable. Which means you can enhance your mental mojo and create new neural pathways simply by popping out the kit’s pieces, bending the tabs and connecting them at the attachment points to create a remarkably detailed 3D sculpture that fits in the palm of your hand. Each DIY model starts as a four-inch square sheet of intricately laser-etched metal and takes about an hour to assemble. You won’t need any glue, but we do recommend a pair of tweezers or needle nose pliers to help you bend the metal pieces into a desk-worthy accessory.

Be sure to use the code MAY4TH. Naturally. :)

Click here to grab your Metal Earth Series Models today!

 

Treat Yourself: Delicious Dessert

Aside from my child, my husband, and my dogs, there are two things I love above all else in the world: travel and dessert. Usually these two things go hand-in-hand. Before going anywhere I will do some research to find the best dessert place(s) to try. My last job involved quite a bit of travel and it became a drag after six years, but it was during that last year that I really made the effort to seek out new desserts and it made the work trips all kinds of awesome.

I have the world’s worst memory when it comes to things like television show characters or music or even what I did yesterday but was blessed with a steel trap mind when it comes to desserts. I can tell you my favorites in any city that I’ve visited and I will forever rave about some of the best things I’ve had the pleasure of eating. For instance, Gourdough’s in Austin may forever be ranked as the best doughnut place I’ve ever visited, both in terms of ambiance (a food truck!), novelty (doughnuts are made to order) and taste¬†— you should all go if you’re in Austin!

While I originally started this dessert-centric post for Mother’s Day, it occurred to me midway through that it’s a little late for Mother’s Day shipping for many of these, so instead, here are some of my favorite treats EVER (all of which can be shipped to your door and many of which can be visited in-peson) that you should treat yourself to, or perhaps someone else that you love!

Treat Yourself: Dessert

 

1. Sea Salt Hazelnut Crunch Bar Р$12 at Alma Handmade Chocolates

I wasn’t familiar with this chocolate bar or Alma Handmade Chocolates, a Portland-based shop, until I wrote a Chococurb review.¬†Thanks to that review this candy bar quickly skyrocketed to become my favorite chocolate bar EVER. This is saying a lot considering¬†I dislike hazelnut. But this bar? It is decadent¬†perfection.

2. Crack Pie Р$44 from Momofuku Milk Bar

Momofuku Milk Bar is pretty much an institution in New York City. Years after opening, I still had to wait in line for a half hour when I was there this past August. You can’t go wrong with anything at Milk Bar, though I think the Crack Pie and Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies are particularly delicious.

3. Microchip Chocolate Chip Cookies Р$14 from JK Chocolate

We included these cookies in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I wrote a Microchip Chocolate Chip Cookie review. Don’t let their tiny size fool you. These cookies pack an incredible amount of flavor.

4. La-Dee-Dahs Р$2.25 each at Whimsical Candy

Delicious nougat, even better caramel, and rich chocolate. These candies are fairly simple and simply delicious. They’re like an artisan Snickers, without the nuts. These are made in Chicago and you can find them across the city including at Amy’s Candy Bar.

5. Handmade Marshmallows Р$10 from 240 Sweet

The gourmet marshmallows from 240 Sweet are some of the first fancy marshmallows I ever tried and they are still some of the best I have ever had. There are so many different flavors and I’ve enjoyed quite a few, but the caramel swirl is my absolute favorite. You can find these marshmallows in stores across Indiana. I always get mine from Farm in Bloomington, IN.

6. Spoonable Caramel Р$25 at Spoonable

The ingredients list for Spoonable Caramel is so basic: Caramelized sugar, 40% heavy cream, unsalted butter, sea salt. All ingredients that people not only know but can also pronounce converge to create a caramel sauce that you might be hard-pressed to stop yourself from eating by the spoonful.

7.¬†Macarons – price varies from ‘Lette Macarons

Truth: I visited ‘Lette in Beverly Hills a few years back and I wasn’t impressed. Then this year my mom ordered ‘Lette macarons for my baby shower and they were OMG delicious. I don’t know if something changed or if I just visited ‘Lette on an off day, but I now cannot recommend these more.

8. Dark Chocolate Organic Peanut Butter Bon Bons Р$22 at Vosges Haut-Chocolat

I also included these bon bons in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and have talked about them multiple times. If you like dark chocolate, peanut butter and sea salt then you are pretty much guaranteed to love these treats. If you’re in Chicago the Vosges shops are always full of samples and as I’ve tried just about everything I can confidently say it is ALL delicious.

9. Jacobsen Sea Salt Caramels Р$6.50 at Quin

My friend visited Portland recently and sent some of these caramels from Quin my way. Caramel is always delicious but the sea salt that infuses these takes them up to the next level.

10. Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies Р$27 at Levain Bakery

Levain Bakery make some of the best cookies in the world, hands down. If you find yourself in New York City be sure to add this small bakery full of over-sized treats to your list of places to visit!

11. Crispycakes Р$4.25 at The Crispery

I’m pretty sure I was introduced to Crispycakes in one of the many subscription boxes I’ve received. There are a bunch of different flavors of Crispycakes, which are giant rice krispy treats, and they’re all moist, soft, and uber-marshmallowy.

12. Brigadeiros Box Р$24 at Brigadeiro Bakery

A couple of years ago we thought we might be going to Brazil for the World Cup so I ordered some brigadieros, which are a Brazilian chocolate delicacy. I’d never had chocolate such as this before – so deliciously smooth! If you’re in New York City, be sure to stop by Brigadeiro Bakery in Soho.

There you have it. So much dessert.

I’m always looking for recommendations so do tell: What is your favorite dessert and where can I get it?

 

The Rundown: All the Sales You Won’t Want to Miss this Weekend

The Rundown: Shopping Cheat Sheet

Dang – There are a TON of sales this weekend! Surprising, considering it’s not a historically big sale weekend and one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year ‚Äď Memorial Day Weekend ‚Äď is later this month!

Not that I’m complaining. There are some really great deals here. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite but the Cost Plus World Market Friends and Family Sale is up there. It’s incredibly rare for this store to offer a 25% discount!

Happy weekend and happy shopping!

 

Adidas

Spend more to save more at the Adidas Mother’s Day Sale!¬†¬†Spend $50, Save $10; Spend$100, Save $25; Spend $150+ Save $40 with code “JUST4MOM”. The discount applies to “women’s, unisex, and mi/custom items.” Offer valid through May 6, 2015.

 

Banana Republic


Take an extra 40% off all sale styles at Banana Republic with code “BREXTRA”. Valid through May 2, 2015.

 

BCBGMAXAZRIA


Take an additional 20% off all markdowns at BCBGMAXAZRIA, including final sale items. Use code “BCBG20OFF”. Valid through May 3, 2015.

 

Cost Plus World Market

Friends and Family Sale! Take 25% off¬†Furniture, Decor and More at the Cost Plus World Market Friends and Family Sale! Use code “FFWEB” at checkout. Valid through May 3, 2015.

 

Fashion to Figure

Fashion to Figure BOGO

Buy 1 get 1 50% off everything at Fashion to Figure with code “Bogo50″. Valid through May 3, 2015.

Check it out: Buy the Ara Zip Pencil Skirt for $28.50 and get the matching Ara Zip Crop Top for $11.25 (normally $22.50). Each piece is available in either white or black if you want to mix and match.

 

Grace & Lace

Lace Dress Extender from Grace & Lace

Take 15% off everything at Grace & Lace with code “MOMSDAY”. Offer valid through May 11, 2015.

Check it out: While Grace & Lace is known for their leg warmers and boot socks (both of which were featured on Shark Tank), they also make great items like this Lace Dress Extender, which is perfect for dresses that are just a tad too short to be worn out in public. Normally $39, you can get it for $33.15 after the discount is applied.

 

J.Crew Factory

J.Crew Factory Tonal Paisley Dress

Take an extra 30% off clearance styles at J.Crew Factory with code “EXTRA30″. Valid through May 3, 2015.

Hot Deal: This Factory Tonal Paisley Dress is available in colors pinot noir (pictured) and navy. The dress is on sale for just $14.99 but after the discount you can grab it for $10.49.

 

LOFT


Take 40% off your entire purchase at LOFT. No coupon is needed as the discount will be applied in your cart. Valid through May 2, 2015.

 

Lucky Brand

Lucky Brand Boyfriend Jeans

Take 40% off almost everything at Lucky Brand and 30% off shoes. No coupon is needed as all items are marked to reflect the discount. Offer valid through May 5, 2015.

Check it out: According to the Google Fashion Trends Report, boyfriend jeans are one of the most popular denim styles of the moment. Take advantage of this Lucky Brand sale to grab a pair for less! We like the Dylan Boyfriend Jeans (normally $129, now on sale for $77.40) and the plus size Georgia Boyfriend Jean (normally $89.50, now on sale for $53.70).

 

Maurices

Take 25% off all swimwear at Maurices. No coupon is necessary. Offer valid for a limited time.

 

Max Studio


Take 20% off all dresses at Max Studio with code “MOM2015″. Valid through May 10, 2015.

 

New Balance

Take 15% off all New Balance running shoes with code “RUNFAST”. Valid through May 2, 2015. Some exclusions may apply.

 

ROMWE

Summer Dresses at ROMWE

Buy 1 summer dream dress at ROMWE and get 55% off a second dress. No coupon needed as all dresses included in the promotion are clearly marked. Offer valid through May 4, 2015.

Check it out: The dresses at ROMWE are super duper affordable. The quality isn’t amazing and the ship times can be long since everything ships from China, but if you want to try out some of the season’s trends for less this is a good way to do so! The Contrast Lace Hollow Striped Maxi Dress costs just $17.67 at ROMWE and thanks to this promotion you can get the Black Cap Sleeve Floral Print Knee Length Dress (another great floral dress for a summer wedding!) for just $7.95.

 

Scarves.com

American Flag Scarf

Take 35% off everything at Scarves.com with code “ThanksMom”. Offer valid through May 10, 2015.

Check it out: This American Flag Scarf reminds me of the American Flag Scarf worn by Rayna James on last season’s finale of Nashville, but this one costs a heck of a lot less! Normally $25, you can get this scarf now for $16.25 and get a head start on your 4th of July prep!

 

Shop the Shoe Box

Cole Haan Alice Skimmer

Take 30% off everything at Shop the Shoe Box with code “SPRING30″. Shop the Shoe Box sells mostly designer brands, so this is a great opportunity to save on shoes that aren’t usually marked down. Valid through May 3, 2015.

Hot Deal: Shop the Outlet for the best savings! We found the Cole Haan Alice Skimmer above, which originally cost $138, on sale for $98. After the additional 30% discount the price drops to just $68.60.

 

The Honest Company

The Honest Company Soy Candle

Hot Deal! Receive a free aromatic soy candle with the purchase of your first bundle from The Honest Company! Use code “CANDLE4MOM” at checkout.¬†Offer only valid for first-time bundle customers only through May 10, 2015.

 

The Limited

Take an additional 40% off all sale items at The Limited. No coupon needed. Valid through May 3, 2015.

 

Tiny Prints

Navy Personalized iPhone 6 Case

Take 25% off almost everything at Tiny Prints¬†with code “SPRING25″. There are some exclusions such as calendars, photo books, and Erin Condren Planners. Offer valid through May 5, 2015.

Check it out: Tiny Prints is now offering personalized iPhone 6 cases! The Striation Dedication iPhone 6 Case above costs $54.99 normally or $41.24 after the discount is applied.

 

Yoga-Clothing.comElastic Bra Top

Take 20% off your entire purchase at Yoga-Clothing.com with code “FORMOM”. Offer valid through May 10, 2015.

Check it out: How fab is the back of this Elastic Bra Top?! If I had something that fabulous I might not wear a shirt either. Normally $42, it’s $33.60 after the discount is applied.

Spotted on Etsy: House of Belonging

I am a sucker for inspirational or literary quotes. If I didn’t stop myself I could easily have them hanging everywhere in my house as constant reminders of whatever is being expressed by the quote. As we get ready to think about buying a house my mind has gone into overdrive thinking about how to decorate and of course I find myself attracted to quotes.

Somehow I stumbled upon House of Belonging on Etsy earlier this week and their store has been open in my browser ever since as I’m slowly going through and favoriting nearly everything they sell. Everything they sell is made by hand and absolutely gorgeous.

I thought I’d share a few of my favorites because I just don’t feel like I should keep this shop to myself.

Braver than you believe wooden sign from House of Belonging

This A. A. Milne quote has always been a favorite of mine but it’s usually created for nurseries. This Braver Than You Believe Wood Sign ($140) would look great hanging in any room of the house.

Most Beautiful Person Sign

This Most Beautiful Person Sign ($140) would look fantastic hanging in a nursery as it is in the image above, but I could also see hanging this over my own bed. I wasn’t familiar with this F. Scott Fitzgerald quote but I love it!

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Amazon Prime Members: Download Your FREE May Kindle First Book!

Kindle First¬†allows¬†Amazon Prime¬†members to download one free pre-release¬†Kindle¬†book per month!¬†These books are only free to Prime members for one money and then they will become available to everyone else ‚Äď at cost, of course ‚Äď the following month.

Here are the May Kindle First books:

(R)evolution

(R)evolution by PJ Manney

Scientist Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases become a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.

Peter’s company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful people in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.

As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?

Crow Hollow

Crow Hollow by Michael Wallace

In 1676, an unlikely pair‚ÄĒa young Puritan widow and an English spy‚ÄĒjourneys across a land where greed and treachery abound.

Prudence Cotton has recently lost her husband and is desperate to find her daughter, captured by the Nipmuk tribe during King Philip‚Äôs war. She‚Äôs convinced her daughter is alive but cannot track her into the wilderness alone. Help arrives in the form of James Bailey, an agent of the crown sent to Boston to investigate the murder of Prudence‚Äôs husband and to covertly cause a disturbance that would give the king just cause to install royal governors. After his partner is murdered, James needs help too. He strikes a deal with Prudence, and together they traverse the forbidding New England landscape looking for clues. What they confront in the wilderness‚ÄĒand what they discover about each other‚ÄĒcould forever change their allegiances and alter their destinies.

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Fashion Friday- Nautical Items- 50% off & Free Shipping

I live near Annapolis, so anything nautical is a must have. Today’s Fashion Friday sale is a must have for any Annapolitan, or nautical lover. You can get 50% off all nautical items and free shipping! I’m sold.

If you don’t want to wear this trend too loudly, you can go a simpler route and sport this anchor bracelet. It’s dainty, yet cute. I love it!

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Anchor Bracelet

Color: Black, Blue, Mint, Peach, Red, White

Description: Open, gold metal, thin textured bangle bracelet with colorful anchors and crystal detailing.

Love.

I am head over heels for these striped loafers. I would totally be the envy of the town!

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Available in black, brown, grey and red. I want them ALL.

Lastly, this Polly striped scarf reminds me of sailing. The beige color kind of looks like rope and the stripes, well, that’s totally nautical! What do you think?

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Are you a fan of the nautical trend? I think even if you are on the fence about it, at 50% off it’s worth a try! There’s subtle little touches you can do, or you can wear it full on. Either way, you are going to look fantastic!

Click here to get 50% off all nautical items from Cents of Style!

 

 

 

Scent Trunk Review: A Fragrance Subscription Box

Quite often, I will be shopping and smell the same perfume on fellow customers over and over. Thierry Mugler’s Angel is an incredibly distinctive fragrance that an overwhelming amount of women wear, as is Viva La Juicy. Where do you go when you want to find a truly original scent? One that is tailored to your preferences, and might just become your signature? Scent Trunk, a service that custom selects fragrances for you based upon a Scent Profile, then aims to find a niche scent that complements your personality and style.

Scent Trunk¬†started out offering solely men’s fragrances, and they officially launched¬†their women’s perfume subscription box¬†today, May 1st. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to test drive their process before it is available to the public and show you what they are all about!

The Profile

The “Scent Profile” questions weren’t what I expected. Instead of a long list of specific scent preferences, they asked more questions revolving around personality instead.Scent Trunk Profile QuestionsThey also asked preferences that revolved around fragrance such as favorite place to visit (below). They even asked what my favorite cocktail was (this question was probably the toughest of all….I mean, what is the season? What am I eating? I could go on and on). Scent Trunk ProfileAfter you complete your profile, you can then sign up to have three different custom sample scents sent to you. You then review the scents you received, and Scent Trunk uses that information to make additional recommendations. The sample scents are available for purchase in full size format on their site, with products ranging from low $30 range up to almost $200.

My Samples

I received three small sample bottles, each with an accompanying description card. The descriptions told a little background story about the fragrances, appropriate seasons and time of day to wear, as well as longevity and Sillage (how long a fragrance’s scent lingers in the air). I do wish, however, that they listed the perfume notes in each as I like to be able to identify familiar scents.

Scent Trunk Fragrance Subscription ReviewPanda by Zoologist

This was described as a “fresh green fragrance that combines the delightful scents of bamboo and zisu leaves.” When I first put the scent on, it was a bit too sharp and green for my tastes. As the day wore on and the fragrance adjusted it became pleasant and light.

Darcy by PARFUMS de Marly

Neither my husband nor I were fans of this, it was way too floral and “mature” for my liking. I think I sensed a hint of patchouli or musk, which are two scents that don’t work well on me.

Elisa by RANCE 1795

This reminded me of a perfume that I wore when I was in high school! It was a combination of rose and vanilla I think. It was a little on the young side for me, but very wearable and light. It is a “good mood perfume” if that makes sense!

Overall Impression

I do like the fact that you can find rare, unique fragrances that fit your personality. I think it is a novel concept that could be tweaked to accurately represent and mix with the person it is meant for. One thing, however, I would change is to focus more on what particular notes customers like and don’t like. For example, musk, patchouli and rose are three scents that I am not a fan of. I definitely love vanilla, coconut, lemon and verbena. If Scent Trunk could combine personality and scent preferences in their Scent Profile, I think this would be a hit! As with all perfume, the ability to try at home before you buy a full size bottle is key.

Scent Trunk costs $15 per month and for that you will receive 3 personalized fragrance samples. The box ships for free to the United States and Canada.

Scent Trunk Coupon: If you want to try this service for less, enter Scent Trunk coupon¬†“mothersdsay” at checkout to take 25% off your first box.¬†The coupon is valid through May 15, 2015.

Click here to check out Scent Trunk!

Disclosure: I was provided with samples of three scents for review purposes. All opinions are honest and my own.

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Cheryl Leahy¬†is the author of the blog¬†all dressed up with nothing to drink‚Ķ,¬†and her motto is‚ÄúDon‚Äôt Give Up! Figuring out how to adapt to motherhood while keeping a sense of self is an art form.‚Ä̬†She¬†is also the Style Editor and Marketing Manager for¬†The Little Style File¬†and is a Featured Contributor for¬†30Second Mom.

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