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August Deals

August is nearly halfway over, but even if we're finished with the tax-free sales, that doesn't mean there aren't many other sales to enjoy this month. There are back-to-school bargains to be had at just about every store, and it's the time of year to pick up paper, glue and scissors for a quarter or 50 cents, laptops for $150 and dorm gear at a discount, too.

Fun Amazon Finds

Amazon.com can be as big of a time suck as social media sites and your favorite blogs or Pinterest. Once you start discovering cool new deals, weird finds for under $20 and other goodies it's hard to stop looking, making wish lists and generally spending way too much time online.

Fun Coffee Mugs

Do you have a favorite coffee mug? Most people seem to have one. I have many, and most of them were given to me! From the Girl Scouts and Library read-a-thon mugs I've earned to the ones I've been given as gifts from family members, I have a lot of beloved mugs. Most of them even have their own stories about how they were acquired or a fond memory attached to them.

Stranger Things Everywhere

I'd ask if anyone else out there is as obsessed with Stranger Things as I am, but I already know the answer to such a silly question! What's exciting, especially after such a harrowing season, is to see so much Stranger Things merch everywhere you go. There are the usual pops, apparel and such online at the regular haunts like Hot Topic, but just going to Target yesterday I saw SO much stuff, including pool inflatables, games, Funko pops, blankets and even two different types of Stranger Things ice cream!

Cool Mug Reveals Space Facts

My teen has a neat mug that reveals constellations when it gets warm. It's just a bunch of random stars until that occurs. Unfortunately it was put in the dishwasher and now it's falling apart, but it was a neat mug! I just stumbled upon this mug that reveals facts about space and thought it would be a pretty neat gift in the future, too. It has planets instead of constellations, but it's in beautiful colors with fun facts that show up when it gets hot.

New Sustainable Line From Levis

Consumers are going gaga over hemp being used in many new products, many not realizing that much of American society was built upon the industry before marijuana was criminalized in order to spread hatred and fear of Mexican people in the United States. It's great that it's gaining so much public support, but as many people have said, those incarcerated for selling it need to be freed before the rich should be able to profit off of it.

Gifts For Father's Day

Father's Day is just around the corner. Do you know what you are getting the special dads or father figures in your life? I'm not one to get a gift from a list of "gift ideas," because my dad and husband don't usually go for most of what they suggest. They are both work-with-their-hands guys, but they already have all of the tool ideas that most lists suggest. They'd rather get more specialized tools--carpentry, for my dad, and automotive, for my husband. They might like tackle subscriptions, but really I know they both prefer choosing their own, often live, bait when fishing, too.

DIY Guest House Kit

A house that you can assemble in 8 hours? That's exactly what Amazon is promising with this DIY guest house kit! It's not a complete "small house," but it's enough for a guest or two to spend the night in comfort. For $7,000, it's considered one of the more affordable DIY mini houses on the market, and it's supposed to be able to be set up within 8 hours, making it great for short notice guests, kids who might need to move back home for a bit or other individuals who could use this home.

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