Amazon Prime Day 2019: Deals for Quilters, Crafters, and Cooks!

Celebrate Life

There’s not going to be a lot of glamour to this, but there are a lot of savings!

Today (and into tomorrow) which is July 15th is Amazon Prime Day. If you’re new to that, it means a whole lot of really great deal on Amazon for Prime members. I’ll be covering the deals during the whole thing and updating this as best I can when new items are added and items sell out. Below, you’ll see things loosely broken out into a few categories. Please know that I’m listing prices but I cannot guarantee it will be the same price by the time you click the link. Shop for yourself or shop for everyone else (I have gotten some early Christmas shopping done in years prior!)

First thing to know: you have to be an Amazon Prime member to get these deals. Not a Prime Member? You can sign up for a FREE trial right here and join Amazon Prime!

Ok, so now you’re a Prime member, let’s get to checking out the deals. Happy shopping Monday!




Connecting Threads Print Collection / Cascade meadow (5″ squares, 10″ squares, 2.5″ strips and fat quarters) – all 20% off – You know you can always use more fabric!




Connecting Threads – this link will take you to a page of all solids for sale. Some bundles rainbow / some ombre one color / some all white – about anything you need, all 20% off – And you know we need solid fabrics, they are the ones we need but never manage to buy at the fabric store!







Size 2, curved safety pins for quilting /100 count – $7.99






New Zealand 100% Wool Ironing Mat – $27.99





Quilting Organizer Tote – $44.99







Connecting Threads 100% Cotton Thread Set – $27.92





Heat erase pens for fabric / 4 pens, 8 refills – $8.79 – Ugh, you can never find one when you need them, right? Buy more, so these gems are always within reach!






Crafting / Do-It-Yourself / Etc.


Brother sewing machine / 27 stitches / buttonholer – $59.99 – This is a GREAT deal on a great little sewing machine. It’s lightweight and perfect to take to class, or an ideal machine to give as a gift to a child or grandchild as a first sewing machine.






24 bottles of ‘puff paint’ – $20.99 – You can never have too much puff paint! — Deep discount over, but item still available







Brother Embroidery machine w/color LCD display – $559.99 – deep discount over, but item still available




Cricut Explore Air 2 – $289.99 – Deep discount over, but product still available






Cricut Maker – $359.99  – This is a great deal on the workhouse of the Cricut family. – SOLD OUT





Cricut Bright Pad – $47.99






Knitting / yarn organizing tote – $47.99 – Pay attention on this one – you have to click to apply the 20% off coupon to get it to this price in your cart Will not show this price until (coupon click) + (in cart)







Set of 20 watercolor brush markers – $12.74 SOLD OUT







Lion Brand Yarns – Wool-Ease, Acai color – $10.55



Home Goods / Home Decor


Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin – $8.79 – It might not seem like this is for your home, but it is. Better than Marie Kondo, filled with practical, actually achievable tips to clear the clutter in your life (and in turn, clear the clutter in your mind.)






“Faith” Cross Art – $9.00






Set of 3 decorative candle bases – $21.11





Task lamp with built in wireless charging – $99.99 – deep discount over, but still available






iRobot Roomba Robot Vacuum – $229.99






Office desk organization set, rose gold – $34.04  – deep discount over, still available






For the Cook


OXO POP Storage Containers – $42.95 – These are some of the best food storage containers around! — Deep discount over, but item still available







Oster hand mixer – $99.99 – A sturdy, powerful mixer for when you can skip getting the stand mixer out of the pantry! — Deep discount over, but item still available







Ultimate Grilling Cookbook – $16.97 – Summer is the perfect time to perfect this art! — Deep discount over, but item still available







The Perfect Cake cookbook – $25.64 – Deep discount over, but item still available








KitchenAid Artisan w/glass bowl – $239.99 – The best stand mixer there is. Period. (deal ended, still available but $429.99 now) SOLD OUT










Instant Pot – $49.99





Funny dishtowel – $12.00 – Deep discount over, item still available







And another dishtowel – $12.00– Deep discount over, item still available





Stone & Beam Stainless Steel Roasting Pan/2 Forks – $18.16 – Planning to cook for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year? You need a roasting pan!






Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle – $25.49– deep discount over, item still available





8.5 quart programmable slow cooker – $43.90 – (still available, but price change) Instant Pot intimidating to you? You can’t go wrong with a classic slow cooker




Nigella Lawson’s At My Table – $19.36 – deep discount over, still available



Instant Pot Cookbook – $14.95– Deep discount over, item still available





Beauty / Fashion

L’Occitane full sized hand cream + travel sizes – $37.99 – These products are great, and already travel sized! This is practically what I’m giving away this month but if you’re like me and you never win anything, guarantee that you get to try these by purchasing for yourself!




Eddie Bauer Womens’s CirrusLite Down Jacket – $49.45 – There is also a lot of other Eddie Bauer gear on steep sale




Chico’s Botanical Beauty Oblong Scarf – $17.99 – Loving this scarf from Chicos! A great look with jeans and a simple white top. And a big savings!





Supergoop face SPF 50 sunscreen – $13.99 – I have a friend who swears by this sunscreen and foundation. This will probably inspire me to try it. SOLD OUT





Travel / Camping / Etc.


Portable cooler bag, 25L w/5 ice packs – $69.99 – and it has a shoulder strap. You always want a shoulder strap! — Deep discount over, item still available






Set of 2 Samsonite Omni hardside suitcases – $129.99– SOLD OUT




Marpac Rohm portable white noise machine – $13.99 – (Note, this price will show at checkout, not on the item page. On item page it will reference 30% off in your cart.) This is the queen of sound machines. Traveling with a white noise machine is super helpful when trying to fall asleep somewhere other than home.



Handheld, travel steamer – $24.99 – If you don’t already have a travel steamer, get one immediately. They are so helpful. It went through three before I found one I really loved, and this is the one! — Deep discount over, item still available








Health / triathlon / workout


Garmin Forerunner – $279.99 (This is a STEAL – I use this for triathlon training and purchased one earlier this year for $400. Eek!) SOLD OUT





Gaiam Essentials yoga mat – $14.99






Everything Else


Samsung Chromebook – $399.99 – This Chromebook is a REALLY good deal!  Great gift for a kid who’s heading off to college or anyone who needs a basic computer for Internet and word-processing (I’ll send you instructs for how to make your internet homepage!)





Waterpik Water Flosser – $39.93 – (I got one of these at Costco a couple of weeks ago in the $50 something range and was pleased at the time.)





23andMe DNA testing kit – $99.99





The Mentalist Complete Set – $79.99 – (You know how much I love Simon Baker!) Simon is no longer for sale and has returned to his regular price of $139.99. Personally, I think far less than Simon Baker is worth.






Fire Sense Patio Heater – $129.99 SOLD OUT



Retirement Christmas Ornament – $18.95
– deep discount over, still available










Roughing It, Sort Of. Genius Hacks for Easy Gourmet Glamping!

Adventure and Travel

Taking my mother camping was high on my list of goals for 2019. In fact, I’d been eyeing this goal of mine in my Living Well Spending Less planner for months.

I know it might sound funny that something as straightforward as camping required so much goal setting and advance planning to accomplish but my mom is 86. Camping with her involves more than just loading up the car with sleeping bags, a tent, and a bag of trail mix; a few creature comforts are required.

Besides, while we both love the great outdoors, at this stage of life neither Mom or I are really interested in roughing it. Glamping is more our style. Much more. continue reading

Don’t Just Face Your Fear, Shake Hands or Blow a Kiss

Grow in Wisdom, Nurture Your Soul

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about change. Though it’s the one constant in everybody’s life, it’s also the thing that many of us dread the most.

I have a kind of love/hate relationship with change. A piece of me craves order, constancy, and security, the comfort of knowing what will come next. But when things get too predictable, another piece of me craves adventure and the unexpected.

I know I’m far from the only one who feels this way. Such is the irony of the human condition. continue reading

Sheet Pan Chicken Marbella with Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce

Food for Grownups

Sheet pan dinners are all the rage these days. It’s easy to see why.

What cook doesn’t love a meal that requires no more cleanup than crumpling up a sheet of foil and tossing it in the trash? Especially if the resulting recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients and full of flavor?

My Sheet Pan Chicken Marbella with Garlic Rosemary Citrus Sauce fits that description to a tee. It’s a delectable, hearty, easy to prepare dinner that makes weeknight meal making a breeze but looks and tastes good enough to serve to company. In fact, I particularly like preparing this for company because once it goes into the oven I don’t have to do a thing until the last few minutes of cooking, leaving me lots of time to visit with my guests.

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The Best Chicken Teriyaki Burger Recipe Ever

Food for Grownups

I love an old-fashioned hamburger as much as the next red-blooded American. The mustard, the pickles, the American cheese, the juicy goodness, the buttery bun, the familiar char in the air billowing from the grill. It reminds me of summer. And happiness. And time with family.

Side note: I’m making myself very hungry.

In the midst of my daydream about hamburger heaven, I remind myself that it is not all about the beef. Burgers aren’t the friendliest in the Weight Watchers life I’m living in right now, and while they are worth an occasional splurge, I like to bring leaner proteins into my life whenever I can.

Sur La Table


That’s why it’s so great that burgers are delicious in all sorts of ways! In Oregon, we eat a lot of salmon burgers, homemade veggie burgers, and now that I’ve discovered this jewel, the best chicken teriyaki burger recipe has found its way into our weekly menu! I love to sneak in herbs from my garden whenever I can. Healthy, fresh, and seasonal on a bun.

What’s not to love? continue reading

Diving Into the Deep End and Out of Your Comfort Zone

Celebrate Life, Marie's Triathlon Journey
dive into the water

I’ve been standing out on the deck in my bathrobe this morning, cheering and clapping for a long line of runners who have been streaming down the bike path near my house.  The Pacific Crest Endurance Sports Festival is taking place in my community today, the same event that, two years ago, inspired me to try tackling my first sprint triathlon.  

In honor of that anniversary, I decided repost this blog I wrote in February of 2018. I don’t know what challenges, crazy notions, or comfort zone smashing ideas might be tugging at your sleeve right now, but I hope reading this will inspire a few of you to dive into the deep and take them on.

It’s okay to be scared. It’s not okay to let fear prevent you from living ferociously and fully.

You can do this.



In the fall of 2017, I began swimming twice a week as part of my triathlon training.  Like a lot of novice triathletes, this was the part of the race that made me nervous.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t swim, just that I didn’t – at least, not very often and not very far.

Finding a race that required a swim of just 300 meters in a pool was what made me decide to go through with it.  The security of swimming in a pool, where lifeguards would be on the watch, made the whole thing a lot less daunting. Three hundred meters was still farther than I’d swum in a long time but it seemed doable.

For the first session of training, my goal was to swim 50 meters.   That’s just two complete lengths of the pool, up and back.

I didn’t make it. continue reading

Patriotic Party Platter In Time For July 4th

Hospitality and Entertaining
fruit patriotic platter cheese board

Last week was the summer solstice, which across the Northern Hemisphere means the longest day of the year. Which technically means every day between now and December 21 has a littttle less sunlight. But it also means that the days we are having right now are some of the loooongest of the year. And yes, the days are probably kind of hot. But it’s that beginning of the summer hot that still feels novel. And we still have clothes in our closet that aren’t drenched in sweat.

Remember being a kid, when we were out of school for the summer and how much possibility and opportunity lay in those long days? We might build a tree fort. We might invent a whole new game and teach it to the other neighborhood kids. We might turn on the sprinkler and run through the spray for hours in our swimsuits, laughing and giggling with no regard for time. After all, there was no homework nor other responsibilities that required watching a clock.

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Farm Salad with Roasted Carrots and Homemade Citrus Salad Dressing

Food for Grownups

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to a long table dinner at Rainshadow Organics, a local farm.

The long table in question stretched along a wide, shady porch with a gorgeous view of the farm. After a glass of wine and some appetizers, all the guests were given a tour of the twenty-five acres by Sarahlee, the farmer who has spent the last eleven years of her life cultivating this land.

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It took me about five seconds to develop a complete girl crush on the fascinating and colorful Sarahlee who – wait for it – is married to a professional rodeo rider. No kidding! She’s an organic farmer married to a cowboy.  How fabulous is that?  She could have walked right off the pages of one of my novels! continue reading

A Homemade Slime Recipe, Plus Practical Life Lessons

Creativity and Crafts, Family

Last week, I had my entire family in town: my three sons, three daughters-in-love, and six very, very advanced grandkids (I’m obviously not partial). It was a constant whirl of activity. The whole crew made a homemade slime recipe together. We visited the fire station. We paddled down a river. Some of us rode horses. We ate loads of ice cream. It was such fun and I’m still soaking up the sounds of their laughter and little voices.

Having the family around one table just made my heart so happy. But now, they’ve all travelled back home and we will have to rely on the fun photos to keep the memories fresh. continue reading