Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cupid's Calling (+deals)

Happy Valentine's Day to all of my readers! As I said yesterday, we typically try to do Valentines moderately low-key.  No big gifts, steaks at home or dine out (at a place other than a bar).  This year has been no different.  We decided no gifts (writing of NYC as our Valentines), not even cards (although I did request that we exchange handwritten love letters.  When Ben balked, how romantic, I agreed to 5-10 sentences).

Well, that dirty dog loving hubby surprised me yesterday.  I received a package labeled as DuraTherm.  Being a mechanical engineer in Heating/Ventilating/Air Conditioning, I honestly thought it was some type of sample from a rep.

When I opened the box and realized it said the contents needed to be refrigerated immediately, I was still clueless. I figured maybe it was some odd Valentines gift from them like Harry and David Pears.  It wasn't until I opened the styrofoam cooler found in the box that I found this, along with a packing slip saying they were purchased by Ben:
Yes, that's right.  Macaroons!!! And they are straight from Paris (or so we thought, we're a bit confused because the shipping address is from KS), Pavillon Leydoyen, to be exact.  Ben and I sampled a few last night (and by that, I mean half of them because macaroons have a short shelf life) and he was disappointed in them, especially that the brown is cafe and not caramel.  I have to agree that they're not the most delicious macaroons we've ever had; yet this is one instance where it's the thought that counts and this was such a wonderful surprise!

Luckily I had a few minor (and boring) gifts up my sleeve.  So, to start off the day, I left this little note for Ben to find when he wakes up.
And that's the start of my Valentine's! I hope yours is off to a good start as well. 
Today's Deals and Steals:
  • American Eagle: 25% off and free shipping; use code 21393551
  • AT Loft: Extra 50% off sale items in store and online
  • Banana Republic: 40% off two fulled priced items in store and online today with code BRLOVE (2% back via
  • Barnes and Noble: 15% off one item through 2/18
  • Caribou Coffee: Show this coupon today for BOGO (free); on all drinks
  • Gap: Up to 40% off in store President's Day sale through 2/18
  • H&M: Last day for 30% off one item; Mix and match basics: Buy 2, get 1 free
  • J Crew Factory: President's Day Sale (prices marked) but take an extra 30% off online with code XOFACTORY (3% back via
  • Juicy Couture: 30% off track and handbags and free shipping (5% back via
  • Kate Spade Outlet: 40% off entire store, plus additional 20% off sale items
  • Modcloth: Today only, 10% off with code FABFANS10 (3.5% back via
  • Mixbook: 40% off everything through 2/18 with code LOVEMX
  • Old Navy: All Jeans on sale; adults starting at $19 and kids/baby at $10 (2% back via
  • Piperlime: 20% off sitewide ends tonight; use code XOXO (2% back via
  • Sports Authority: Today and online only, 10% off your order
  • Three Bird Nest Boutique: 40% off entire shop with code LOVE40
    • I bought SIL this scarf for Christmas; they have some adorable stuff!


  1. Hey! Thanks for listing all those discounts today :) I just wanted to share with you that if you use the webiste (which in spite of the name is not exclusive to college students) you can get better cash back rates than eBates - 10% at ModCloth, 4% at AEO, 4% at all GAP brands. Happy Vday!


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