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Christmas in July! Amazon Prime Day is Here!

Heads up! This is so fun you guys so I had to share on short notice–so I will make this fast! So many great deals to stock up for Christmas and Hannukah! Here’s the deets:

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Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial or if you love audiobooks like I do, Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial. You don’t need a Kindle to read the audiobooks or ebooks, you can use the Kindle reading apps, on any device. I read on my iPad with the Kindle app and it is super easy. But….although you don’t need a Kindle, they are are having AMAZING prices on their devices!

The prices are so slashed on these bad boys, like the  All-New Fire Tablets Starting at $49.99!

Get the  Prime 30-Day Free Trial to get the deals! Happy Shopping!!!


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Amazon Handmade: An Easy Way to Shop Local this Gift Season!

This is awesome! Amazon now has it’s own version of Etsy-style shopping experience to give crafters and handmade products available at the same place that you buy toilet paper on a schedule! It’s called Amazon Handmade.

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What I love about this is many- unique gifts that you can’t find everywhere- plus giving artisans and not conglomerates all the money at Holiday Time! There is a nice feature on the page’s limiting options that lets you narrow by state, so you can shop local, and you can narrow by made in the U.S. which I love. Honestly, some people are super talented, and the items are so unique to give as presents.

I will be putting this in my “to-shop” file next week, as we approach all the sales and I will also be signing up for Amazon Prime, with their Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. I may or may not cancel after the 30 days, but I get free shipping on all my Holiday shopping- something I have to do every year. Paying for shipping at this point is just crazy. All businesses should offer free shipping, in my view so I always like the Prime option!

This is the one for kids’ handmade products- which I am so excited to check out with all the little people in my life!

If I pair these fun gifts with free shipping, I will be a happy camper. Do you use Amazon Prime? I just had a chat with my 2 friends who love Amazon Prime, and they love the free shipping of course, but what they like is that it’s a one-stop-shop. You can get literally almost anything in one place. With the craziness of gift buying, this is such a huge stress relief for me!

My Takeaways for WHY I will be shopping Amazon this season:

  • You know what you are getting with the customer service, exchanges are super easy.
  • They sell everything, including groceries and toilet paper.
  • They offer cool deals-of-the-day promotions.
  • You can make lists for things you want, the kids want, or that you want to keep your eye on. This is my favorite feature- and kind of funny when I periodically look at what I loved and added both recently and as far back as 2007!
  • Amazon Prime is FREE SHIPPING! (among other benefits)
  • Amazon Handmade is a Shop Local Marketplace with all the benefits of being on Amazon!

Like I said, I will be signing up for Amazon Prime, with their Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial. I may or may not cancel after the 30 days, but I get free shipping on all my Holiday shopping- something I love and also have to do every year. Paying for shipping at this point is just crazy. All businesses should offer free shipping, in my view so I always like the Prime option!

This handmade-option just makes the list-building all the more great and my “presents for peeps” ideas rolling!


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January Favorite Finds 2015: In the Kitchen

My day-job is research.  I teach other people, mostly college kids how to find information.  It’s mostly following a process of finding the right thing for the given purpose at hand.  In my work it happens to mostly be finding the right books or articles to support an argument or theory for an assignment they might have.  For the real-world I search out the best ways to find information in order to solve a problem: where to get the best value in a vacuum, or how to turn an Excel file into a graph, or how to fix my dryer vent.  These are real problems people.  Not mine. But someones.

Point is, I know how to find good things.  I don’t always buy them- but I can find them.

In fact, it is a problem of mine to over-think a lot of purchases in my own life before I can actually get them.  Especially when I am buying a big ticket item.  In that case, I will “research” the heck out of it, to find just the right one before I can make a purchase.  It is just the way I am wired.  People really don’t like going shopping with me- as I only buy something for retail if it is WAY on sale, or I know I will use it a ton.

The up-side is that when I do buy something, I usually like it and use it until it falls apart! Luckily for me, I also receive gifts for things that other people love and think I will love, or gifts that replace the broken thing that I had.

In light of all of this, I am compiling a list of some things that I just love and use a lot.  This post will hopefully be a regular on the blog, of all my favorite little finds, in the many facets of my world.

My January Favorites are from the kitchen, a place I spend SO much of my time:

january kitchen favorites

 

*1. Salt Box | 2. Ninja System | 3. Original Drying Mat | 4. Crock-Pot 16-Ounce Little Dipper
| 5. Parchment | 6. Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap

1. Salt Box

I love my salt box! I use coarse kosher salt for most of my cooking; and my technique is to pinch and add, not “shake” salt into my food, so this is key- If you aren’t into the pinch-thing, I know people also love the salt grinders. AKA pepper mills for salt.  I may try that sometime too.

2. Ninja System

A gift.  I asked for either a blender or a food processor, and this is both! It also has a to-go blender bottle.  Since I do smoothies for breakfast all the time, this is an awesome machine.  I will have to post about it in detail later, as I know you will want to know the ins and outs.

3. Original Drying Mat

This is my favorite all-time kitchen item! My mom got this for me for no special reason one-visit, and now I recommend it to everyone! I have a dishwasher, and a two-sink set-up, but I always need more room for drying pans or just dishes.  This is spongy and dries super quickly.  You can hang it up to dry, and if it gets yucky, just throw it in the washer and hang-dry.  It is cheap and awesome! A great hostess gift!

4. Crock-Pot 16-Ounce Little Dipper

Easy for hot dips or little-sausage appetizers.  So small, so it doesn’t take up  a ton of room on a buffet, and bringing to someone else’s house for an appetizer holder is so easy.  The inside bowl isn’t removable- atleast mine isn’t- but I may shop around (research) for one that does! Let me know if you have one that does~

5. Parchment

I cook everything on parchment: brownies, cookies, granola, bacon, chicken.  It just makes clean-up easy and removal from the pan a cinch too.  Grab the unbleached kind- it probably doesn’t matter, but it just grosses me out thinking of bleach and food.  Not quite the same, but since it is so easy to find I just use it!

6. Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap

It is like the cheapest natural product out there, and as I just mentioned- chemicals touching my food aggravates me and grosses me out a bit.  This smells so good and it suds really nicely.  I linked to their main page, but I know my Target sells it and since I am there more often than I care to admit, I usually just get it there!

I hope you like the list! If you do, feel free to Pin it or Share with your friends!

If you have any great kitchen finds, I’d love to hear about them.  I am always on the hunt for great buys and helpful things in the kitchen for sure!

*Each link above links to a products’ page in order to find out more information (research!) and to purchase the product.  If you choose to make a purchase from some of the links, I may get compensated in some way. All opinions as usual are my own.  I will never recommend anything I don’t love (or at least like very much)!