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Cool Stuff Report #4

When I hit the snooze button this morning, I knew almost instantly we were due for a new, “Cool Stuff” report.


Item #1 – Flannel Sheets.Flannel Sheets

How am I forty-six years old and never knew how awesome flannel sheets are?  I never considered myself having lived a sheltered life, but now I’m beginning to re-think that perception.

They’re warm and cozy!  Perfect for making it about seventy times more difficult to pry your ass out of bed at 5am for work!  And what’s even better is that Target sells KING SIZE sets for twenty-six-ish bucks!  Do you know how much king size sheets normally go for?

For me, flannel sheets are now a no-brainer.  If you’ve never tried them and you have a thing for soft and comfy, I highly recommend a trip to Target before they’re all gone.

AldiItem #2 – Aldi

I swore off Walmart about a year ago after one too many experiences with non-stocked shelves and oblivious employees.  I switched to Target where I could get five percent off all my purchases via their red card (not to mention free shipping for on-line orders), which brought things down to darn-near even on price.

What I’d never heard of before is Aldi.

Aldi is a discount supermarket based out of Germany.  I’ve ignored the store for years based on the size of the building alone.  I figured there was no way they could have anything I need that I couldn’t get at Target.  Then I got to talking with ‘ole dad and one of my former sitters (who used to managed the aforementioned, ignored store), and they swore up and down I could save a fortune.

Well, now…I won’t say I saved a fortune, but I did save thirty percent.  I probably could have saved forty percent if I hadn’t taken hubby and the kids with me, but exploration is simply more fun with people along for the ride.

I’ll warn you in advance, it’s not name brand stuff, but so far, I can’t tell a dfference in the food.  And neither can the kids, which is the real deciding factor.  I once bought generic fruit loops at Target and you’d have thought I’d committed a mortal sin.  This time?  Not one complaint.

Also, you have to take your own grocery bags, pay a quarter to use the shopping carts, and bag your own stuff.  BUT, taking your own bags is environmentally friendly, I usually end up “fixing” what the folks at Target bag up anyway, and you get the quarter back when you return the cart.  So, it all works out in the end.  I’d say, give it a shot if you have one nearby.  It’s a weird experience, but everyone needs a little weird now and then.

Item #3 – Fitbitfitbit

Some of my gush-factor has worn off since I first got my fitbit about a month ago, but I will say that it’s brought a lot of awareness to my activity levels.  As a writer, it’s pretty damned easy for me to sit my ass in a chair and not move for hours.  So, having a gadget that I can program to buzz my wrist and tell me to get up and move around a bit has a certain appeal to it.

It also can tell you how well you’re sleeping.  Frankly, it freaked me out at first, but now that I’m able to see my sleep patterns, I can do something about it.  And, it interfaces super well with LOTS of iPhone apps for calories, etc.

If you’re into this kind of thing, it’s pretty darned awesome.  Plus, last I heard they’ve got a new one coming out that has a clock display as well.  I’d be willing to bet I cave and upgrade whenever they come out.  Oh, and they come with lots of fun colors too.

What about you?  Any fun, COOL STUFF I need to know about?  What are the latest toys and gadgets you’ve found?  You know I’m always looking for the next good/awesome deal!



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    Marianna Heusler
    November 6, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I love the flats at delias – they are super cheap – some of them as low as $20.00. There is a pair of cat-like shoes there that I saw advertised in Bergdorfs for four hundred dollars. You can get them for $22 and they’re easy to walk in. Living in NYC, I walk to work and need something comfy before I change into my killer heels.

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      November 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

      YES! I’ve recently started getting the ballet flats. And killer heels? I’m getting so used to the flats I don’t want to change!

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    November 6, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Cool stuff? Well, I’ve got a comfy pair of house shoes I live in when I’m at home. Does that count?
    Oh! And I bought a new fuzzy heating pad that has ties. I laughed out loud when I saw them.
    I guess they’re so you can tie the device on and walk around, doing your house work while it works its magic . . . if you have a long enough extension cord.
    Think I’ll cut them off. Or maybe I’ll keep them so I can tie it on to keep my toes warm at night. Those digits get icy.

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      November 6, 2013 at 9:05 am

      I can think of more than one time I could have used a tie on heating pad. And of course comfy house shoes count! In fact, now that you mentioned it, I left off the $20 moccasins I got at JC Penney.

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    November 6, 2013 at 8:45 am

    My sister loves her flannel sheets and being in NJ, they have them on the bed about 8 mos. of the year!

    I’ve never been in ALDI but I think I’ll give it a try later today. I can’t think of any one place that is on my super awesome list but I do have a handful of tradesmen (plumber/H&A/electrician) that I think are pretty super and they’ve come to my rescue (or my buyers/sellers/tenants) on multiple occasions.

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    Gretchen Wing
    November 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Well, I’m a foodie so my “cool stuff” reports are usually edible. How ’bout this: SPICY cream of squash soup w/ jalapenos, cumin & cilantro? Perfect for Novembery days.

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      November 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      Hahahaha! Food ALWAYS counts. But you get extra points if it’s dessert related. 🙂

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    CJ Burright
    November 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I found some awesome boots while vacationing in Reno…does that count?

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      November 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm

      Oh, girl….shoes ALWAYS count.

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