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5 of the Discount Diva's favorite things

Dew drops on roses and whiskers on kittens. Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens. Mud masks and Band-Aids and bulbs without strings. Here are a few of my favorite things:

Blue Sky Wireless Light Bulb. Yeah, I know, leave it to me to get excited about a light bulb. But hear me out. This thing is awesome. It’s not just a light bulb. It’s a dance party waiting to happen.

This delightful product of modern civilization is an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker that dims, strobes, plays music and turns 16 different colors at the touch of a remote. It also, you know, illuminates dark spaces like any other light bulb.

Screw it into any light socket, press two buttons on your smartphone and voila! It’s installed and programmed. You’re ready to read a book on the porch at dusk, sipping wine and listening to smooth jazz; or form a “Soul Train” line and have a dance-off with the kids in the rec room.

My father-in-law and I got mine at Lowe’s for $29.98. That might seem like a lot, until you consider that some fancy LED bulbs are 10 or 20 bucks on their own.

7th Heaven facial masks. Picture it, Sofia. It’s Friday night. It’s been a long week; you’re exhausted. All you want to do is lie on the couch and watch episode after glorious episode of “The Golden Girls.” But you’ve got two little daughters with an endless supply of energy and they want to be entertained.

Break out your individual packets of 7th Heaven Masques and bam! Instant slumber party. They feel like luxurious YouTube stars and you have a reason to sit still for 30 minutes while it dries.

You also get “fun mom” points for letting them pick out their own variety (Very Berry Mud Masque, Charcoal Masque, Cucumber Peel-Off Masque) at Walmart for $1.37 apiece. There’s even enough in the package to accommodate two people if you want to be even more of a lazy cheapskate (which, of course, I do). I let the kids go first, then use their leftovers.

Be warned, some reviewers with sensitive skin have said the masks gave them a burning feeling. And of course there are homemade facial masks you can make for less money, but the whole “homemade” thing kind of defeats the “lazy mom” thing.

Crocs sandals. You’re picturing the big, orange clogs that chef Mario Batali made famous.


They come in everything from rugged, outdoor trail hikers to simple, stylish t-straps you can get away with wearing to work.

They are the most perfect shoe for summer. You can wear them to the beach or the pool (even in the water) without worrying about destroying them. You can walk in them for miles at festivals and tours. They’re comfortable, durable and you can pick them up on Amazon starting at 13 bucks. Sold!

Honey. This is a free browser extension that gathers and applies every available promo code and digital coupon at checkout when you shop online. I’ve saved $35 dollars this week!

Emoji bandages. My cousin, Julie, alerted me to these boxes of 20 Emoji Sterile Bandages that Dollar Tree has for $1. And yes, they include the famed and adored poop emoji (which doesn’t sound “sterile” at all, actually). I haven’t picked them up yet. I don’t even know how well they stick. All I know is my kids are going to think I’m the greatest thing since Shopkins when I walk through the door with them.

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