We’re enjoying the long weekend here. We’ve been mellow, watching football, grocery shopping, and buying Halloween costumes. YEP. My kids have been talking about what they want to be for Halloween this year for months, so yesterday we went to the newly opened Spirit Halloween store near our house. Annabel loves her costume SO MUCH that I don’t see her changing her mind, and James just wants to be like Annie so I don’t think he’ll change his mind, either. It was nice to shop early — we had our pick of all the costumes in the store. So at least I have Halloween costumes checked off my list…even though Halloween is so far in the future that I hadn’t even added “buy costumes” to my list yet!

Alicia Keys says no makeup is cool. I’ve been cool for so long and I didn’t even know it!

Around The ‘Net

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~Drop In Teen Pregnancies Is Due To More Contraceptives, Not Less Sex

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~15 “Magical” Parenting Moments That Are Actually Horrible

~How To Be Perfectly Unhappy

60,000 Thank Yous

Blogust is officially over and I am SO thrilled to report that we hit our stretch goal of 60,000 vaccines! We were responsible for 7,175 vaccines on the blog, and over 11,100 shares and comments on Facebook. Thank you all SO MUCH for the comments you left – we just saved the lives of over 18,000 kids!

Sales Time
Lots of Labor Day sales for those last-minute school needs (or maybe you’re just gonna treat yo’self)

~ASOS: 20% off fall styles
~Anthropologie: 25% off sale items
~Old Navy: 50% off jeans, tees, and dresses
~Forever 21: up to 70% off end of season styles
~Splendid: 25% off everything (including sale) with code WKND25
~Tea Collection: 20% off sitewide with code HELLOFALL
~Gap: 40% off your purchase with code PARTY
~Banana Republic: 40% off almost everything with code FALL40
~H&M: up to 60% off

Happy Sunday, everyone!