8 Things to Grab From Baggu's Incredible 60% Off Sample Sale Today

Baggu
Baggu

It's always a good idea to keep a reusable bag on hand for unexpected grocery trips or other purchases, and Baggu is the gold standard in compact, collapsible bags that are easy to shove in a purse or backpack. Though the company is known for its eponymous nylon totes, it also sells leather purses, backpacks, wallets, and more. Normally, its bags can be on the pricey side, but today is a great day to buy—Baggu has a huge sample sale going on, and you can get 60 percent off all its past-season styles. Here are eight purchases we recommend.

1. Standard Baggu; $8

A black Baggu nylon tote
Baggu

Made from recycled nylon, Baggu's beloved reusable totes are perfect for carrying home items from work or the grocery store. When you're not using it, the bag folds up into a 5-inch-by-5-inch square, making it easy to stash in a side pocket. As astro-nerds, we love the constellation design, but the whimsical fruit, popcorn, and cookie patterns are pretty great, too. (See all the available colors here.)

Buy it here.

2. Giant Pocket Tote; $37

A woman carrying a Baggu Giant Pocket Tote
Baggu

While the nylon Baggus are a great replacement for plastic shopping bags, you probably want something a little bigger and sturdier for carrying your everyday stuff. The giant pocket tote can fill that void. The oversized cotton bag has two large exterior pockets for organizing all the little things that would otherwise get lost in a big tote bag, as well as two sets of handles—one for carrying it over your shoulder, and one for carrying it in your hand. There are three colors on sale: this powder blue, buttermilk stripe, and orchid stripe.

Buy it here.

3. School Backpack; $30

A terracotta backpack
Baggu

Perfect for school or travel, this backpack features padded straps and an interior pocket big enough to fit a 15-inch laptop. There's also a drawstring version, and, in true Baggu style, a backpack that packs down into its own backpack (though that one doesn't come in this nice terracotta color).

Buy it here.

4. Circle Wallet; $30

A terracotta circle wallet
Baggu

Upgrade your wallet to this cute circular number, which is made of top-grain leather and measures 4 inches across. As you can tell, we're partial to the terracotta, but it also comes in a powder pink. Either would look great in one of Baggu's also-on-sale circle purses (available in midnight-blue suede, platinum leather, or plaid canvas.) There's also a rectangular version.

Buy it here.

5. Large Leather Tote; $99

Baggu's large leather tote in black
Baggu

It's hard to find a leather bag for cheap, so jump on this deal on Baggu's large leather tote, which is almost $100 off. Big enough to hold a 15-inch laptop, it has straps designed to keep your shoulder comfortable all day. The inside of the tote is lined with canvas (65 percent of it made with recycled material). There's also a slightly smaller version that will fit an 11-inch tablet, though it's roughly the same price. Both sizes are available in light blue leather as well.

Buy it here.

6. Mini Purse; $60

A black mini purse
Baggu

Designed for those days (or nights) when you want to travel light, the crossbody mini purse is made with full-grain leather and that 65-percent-recycled canvas lining. It's got an exterior pocket and two interior pockets to keep your essentials organized, and measures 4.5-inches by 6.5 inches, with a slim 1.5-inch-wide profile. It also comes in midnight-blue suede, platinum leather, and taro nubuck (which we might suggest weatherproofing against those surprise summer downpours).

Buy it here.

7. Drawstring Purse; $86

A brown drawstring purse
Baggu

If you're looking for something a little smaller than a tote but bigger than a clutch, we recommend this nice all-purpose drawstring bucket bag, which is made with a supple fine-grain leather. We like the caramel version, but it's also available in black.

Buy it here.

8. Leather Work Backpack; $140 to $200

A black leather backpack
Baggu

If the terracotta backpack is a little too loud for you, this leather bag is designed for a more sleek, professional look, while still giving you that dual-shoulder support you can't get with a tote. Its interior pocket is spacious enough to fit a 13-inch laptop. If you're not committed to an all-black work ensemble, the taupe nubuck version is $60 cheaper than the black leather, though there's also slightly different, smaller black leather design (which won't fit your laptop, unfortunately) available for $180.

Buy it here.

See everything on sale on Baggu's website—no offer code needed.

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13 Wholesome Gifts for Mister Rogers Fans

Funko / Universal Studios / Amazon
Funko / Universal Studios / Amazon

Fred Rogers didn't watch television until his senior year of college, and when he finally did, he hated it. He told Karen Herman during a 1999 interview for the Archive of American Television, “I saw people throwing pies in each other’s faces. And I thought this could be a wonderful tool for education. Why is it being used this way?”

Interested in helping the medium fulfill its potential, he told his parents he would be postponing his prior plan of becoming a minister to pursue a career in television. Despite their initial protests, he forged on, eventually becoming a household name as the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which would stay on the air for nearly 30 years and help change the perception of what children's television could (and should) be.

On November 22, 2019, A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood will premiere in theaters, with Tom Hanks taking on the iconic role of Mister Rogers and Matthew Rhys playing a cynical reporter named Lloyd Vogel who is tasked with writing a profile on the wholesome TV star. The film takes a look at the life of Rogers and the impact he had on viewers and the people around him.

So, in anticipation of the film, and with the holidays on the horizon, here are some unique gifts you can pick up for the Mister Rogers fan in your life.

1. Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: A Visual History; $25

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Book
Clarkson Potter / Amazon

Have you ever wished you could journey behind the scenes of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood? Well, now you can. This book chronicles the show's timeline—from its modest start on WQED in Pittsburgh to its film debut in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes photographs, a visual guide to the characters, and stories from those who devoted their lives to the show, this book will give readers insight into both the program and Rogers himself.

Buy it: Amazon

2.The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember; $11

The World According to Mister Rogers Book
Hachette Books / Amazon

Carry Mister Rogers’s wisdom around wherever you go. With a forward written by his wife, Joanne Rogers, this book allows readers to explore the life of Fred Rogers through his speeches, interviews, anecdotes, and some of his never-before-published writing.

Buy it: Amazon

3. Mister Rogers Color-Changing Mug; $16

Mister Rogers mug
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

There’s a lot to love about Rogers, especially his never-ending wisdom and extensive sweater collection. Now you can have both on a mug. At first it appears he’s wearing a suit jacket, but fill it up with a hot beverage and watch it change to a yellow sweater. The mug is also covered in some of his classic sayings, such as "I like you just the way you are,” to help you get the morning started off right.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Mister Rogers's Bath Soap; $6


The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

Rogers taught viewers a lot of things, especially the importance of washing one’s hands. Make him proud with this cocoa butter-scented soap that features his reassuring smile on the wrapper, alongside his pal, Daniel Tiger. The same company also has Bob Ross soap to add even more serenity to your bath.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Mister Rogers Magnet Set; $22

Mr Rogers magnets
Papersalt / Amazon

Coming in four vibrant colors and featuring different quotes from Rogers himself, these magnets will brighten up your day, whether you stick them on your refrigerator, locker, or wherever else you need a little positivity.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Mister Rogers Encouragemints; $5

Mister Rogers Breath mints
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

If you’re going to be taking a stroll around the neighborhood, then these will enable you to do so with peppermint-fresh breath.

Buy it: Amazon

7. King Friday Oven Mitt; $15

King Friday oven mitt
Surreal Entertainment / Amazon

King Friday XIII was originally created to show kids that Friday the 13th should be fun, not frightening. And with this oven mitt featuring the king, you can take that same positive mindset into the kitchen next time you've got an important dinner to make.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Mister Rogers Sticky Notes Booklet; $8

Mister Rogers sticky notes
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

These sticky notes allow you to inject some wholesome Rogers charm anywhere you'd like. Let his serene smile adorn your grocery list and slap his trademark yellow sweater on your kitchen counter anytime you need to be reminded of an important errand to run. However you use the book is up to you.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Mister Rogers Funko; $11

Mister Rogers Funko
Funko / Amazon

Available for pre-order now, this figure features Rogers in that famous red sweater with Daniel Tiger right by his side. The figure will be released on November 25, 2019, right around the time the film premieres.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Mister Rogers Pins; $16

Mr Rogers pins
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

If you’re looking to dress up your favorite sweater or jacket, then make sure you’re doing so in a way that says “Won't you be my neighbor?”

Buy it: Amazon

11. Mister Rogers Magnetic Dress-Up Play Set; $15

Mister Rogers magnet set
The Unemployed Philosophers Guild / Amazon

You're in control of Mister Rogers's wardrobe with this magnetic dress-up kit from The Unemployed Philosophers Guild. Want him a green sweater? Go for it. Want him to be a fireman while wearing roller skates? You're more than welcome to try. You can even bestow Daniel Tiger with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, because, well, he's earned it.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Won’t you be my Neighbor? Documentary; $13

Will You be My Neighbor documentary
Universal Studios / Amazon

This award-winning documentary from director Morgan Neville—which has an incredible 98 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes—offers a glimpse at the legacy of the venerable TV star. It's perfect for both lifelong fans and newcomers simply looking for something to smile about.

Buy it: Amazon

13. Mister Rogers Socks; $14

Mister Rogers socks
Good Luck Sock / Amazon

Walk around with Mister Rogers and King Friday wrapped snugly around your feet. The socks have a reinforced heel and toe and are safe to machine wash. You can always buy the same socks in women's sizes for $14.

Buy it: Amazon

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Rosetta Stone Is Offering Up to Half Off Language-Learning Software for Black Friday

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone

It’s no secret that learning another language has numerous benefits. But if going back to school and memorizing lists of vocabulary isn't an option—or something you particularly want to do—you can turn to Rosetta Stone, which now offers subscriptions to their language-learning software. And through November 27, language enthusiasts can take advantage of the company's Black Friday pre-sale deals and receive up to half off Rosetta's regular prices by heading here.

These deals include a three-month subscription for $39.50, a one-year subscription for $89.50, a two-year subscription for $124.50, and a lifetime membership for $199. Over 30 languages are offered on Rosetta Stone, such as Spanish, Japanese, and French, and your online subscription to the language courses comes with numerous other perks, including:

  • Phrasebooks: These teach you quick expressions and greetings that are perfect for traveling
  • Mobile app: Get access to Rosetta Stone's iOS app, where you'll find conversation practice and short 10-minute lessons that fit your schedule.
  • An audio companion: Download and listen to lessons even while offline.
  • Stories: Written and narrated in the language you're studying, these stories include poems, tours, and narratives that expose you to new words and help you understand the culture better.
  • Games: Practice your language skills by yourself or with other users (available on all devices but mobile).

For an additional fee, you can also get live sessions. The sessions are 25 minutes long and are taught by a tutor who is a native speaker of the language you’re learning.

Rosetta Stone language program on mobile
Rosetta Stone

Mastering new languages can open up new ways to communicate with others you may have not been able to before, and over the past few years, studies have shown that being multilingual can help slow cognitive decline and strengthen neural pathways as you age.

Alongside using a program like Rosetta Stone to learn a language, it can help to have periodic conversations in the dialect you’re studying—even if they are with yourself. Check out our other tips for mastering another language.

Sign up now for the three-month ($39.50), one-year ($89.50), two-year ($124.50), or lifetime ($199) subscription.

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