9 Smart Deals Going On This Memorial Day Weekend

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We're coming up on a three-day weekend, which means more than just a welcome day off from work; it also means great sales. There are a ton of retailers offering deals in honor of Memorial Day this year, most of which last through Monday, May 27. Here are some of the best options.

1. Allswell

Allswell, which we've previously named as one of our favorite online mattress brands, is offering 15 percent off mattresses and 30 percent off bedding with the code SUMMERTIME through May 27. The Allswell Hybrid mattress starts at $345 for a twin, while the standard Allswell mattress model starts at $245 for a twin.

Shop it: Allswell

2. Best Buy

Between May 24 and May 27, Best Buy is offering up to $400 off MacBook Air and MacBook Pros, as well as deals on smart TVs, Apple Watches, and appliances.

Shop it: Best Buy

3. Sur La Table

Sur La Table's home and kitchen goods can get pretty pricey, so big holidays are a great time to shop. This weekend, that means excellent deals on cast iron cookware (yes, that includes Le Creuset, Lodge, and Staub), the Pizzeria Pronto portable pizza oven (only $240 right now, or 27 percent off), grilling necessities, and more. Clearance items are also an additional 20 percent off.

Shop it: Sur La Table

4. SodaStream

Drink more fizz this summer with SodaStream's popular sparkling water makers, which are 15 percent off this weekend with the code AMERICA. Starter packs with the SodaStream sparkling water maker, a bottle, and a carbonating cylinder start at $90 (minus that 15 percent discount). The company also recently released several new mixer flavors, including peach iced tea.

Shop it: SodaStream

5. Tempur-Pedic

Like many other mattress manufacturers, Tempur-Pedic is offering several hundred dollars in savings this weekend. The company's temperature-control model, the breeze°, is $300 off and promises to cool you up to 8°F.

Shop it: Tempur-Pedic

6. CamelBak

CamelBak is offering 50 percent off some of its discontinued styles this weekend. That includes several of the company's bestselling Low Rider hydration packs—including the 2018 women's L.U.X.E. LR 14 hydration pack and the 2018 M.U.L.E. LR 15 hydration pack—are 50 percent off right now. They're each $75, discounted from $150.

Shop it: CamelBak

7. Walmart

Walmart is offering up to 40 percent off select items for Memorial Day. That includes televisions (the Sceptre 50-inch LED TV is $169 off), tents (Coleman's Tenaya Lake fast-pitch, eight-person tent with a closet is $65 off), outdoor gear including backpacks and base layers for men and women, folding tables (Cosco's 8-foot model is 52 percent off), toys, and more. If you want to commute the breezy way this summer, we recommend the GOTRAX G2 folding electric scooter, which is more than $100 off right now.

Shop it: Walmart

8. Otterbox

Though best known for its virtually indestructible phone cases, Otterbox also makes virtually indestructible coolers. Its Venture Coolers (which we included on our list of camping essentials last year) are 20 percent off this weekend. The 25-quart cooler features certified bear-resistant locks that will keep any curious critters out of your snacks, anti-slide rubber feet, hardy integrated handles, and a slanted interior bottom for easy drainage. It's designed to keep your ice solid for 10 days, and its grooves allow you to attach Otterbox-made accessories like a side table, cup holder, separator, and cutting board.

Shop it: Otterbox

9. Mental Floss!

Now is the time to explore the Mental Floss Store, where you can get all the Flossy gear and punny products your heart desires. Get 30 percent off storewide until May 26 with the code FLOSSER30.

Shop it: Mental Floss Store

These Atlases Map Out the Unique Histories of New York City, New Orleans, and San Francisco

University of California Press / Amazon
University of California Press / Amazon

When thinking of a map, your mind most likely pictures a seemingly unruly network of colorful lines showing roads and city limits. But what if a map could go beyond geography and show just what makes a particular place so unique? For over 10 years, author Rebecca Solnit has compiled three unique atlases of New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans, with each one giving readers a look at these distinct cities that goes far beyond tourist attractions and subway lines. Now, for the first time, you can buy all three atlases in a set at Barnes & Noble ($68) or Amazon ($51).

In Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, Solnit, along with artists, writers, and cartographers, created 22 colored maps of the city, with each one focusing on a different aspect of its character. For example, the "Poison/Palate" map displays the dichotomy between the artisan food shops and restaurants that exist alongside the toxic mines and chemical factories found in the Bay Area. The "Green Women" map, on the other hand, celebrates the women of the city that have fought for the environment. You can find the first of the series on Amazon for $21.

The second in the series is Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas, written by Solnit and co-authored by Rebecca Snedeker, a native to New Orleans and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker (Witness: Katrina). Alongside 22 maps, this atlas features more than 20 essays written by musicians, prison activists, and many other local experts. Readers can see the aftermath of the BP spill in the “Oil and Water” map, while “A City in Time” allows viewers to see how New Orleans has been settled over a period of 300 years. Find this edition for $21 on Amazon.

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas is the last in the series, and you can find it on Amazon for $22. Written by Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro, a geographer and writer, this edition has 26 maps, highlighted by “City of Women.” At first glance, it looks like a typical subway map, but when you look closer, you’ll see the stop names have been replaced by those of women who have impacted the city in some way, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, and Dorothy Parker. If you buy the set, you'll receive an updated fold-out poster of this popular map, which includes more recent names like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Alongside the many women that have shaped the Big Apple, readers can see a mapped-out version of the different languages spoken throughout Queens and much more.

The set also includes two other color fold-out posters of New Orleans and San Francisco and an essay by Solnit reflecting on this project.

Once you're done looking through these unique maps, check out some of the most important ones in history.

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Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

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adogslifephoto/iStock via Getty Images

At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.

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