Five Favorites (vol. 39)

by Hallie @ Moxie Wife on December 3, 2013

Five Favorites, hosted at MoxieWife.com

You girls know how much I love small businesses and the amazing individuals who pour their blood, sweat, tears, love, and passion into them. At this time of year, though, I can’t help but to turn into a bit of a crazed Amazon.com fangirl. What can I say? Bezos and company have saved this gal from many a holiday crisis and so this edition of Five Favorites is just for them.

How do I love you, Amazon dot com? Let me count the ways…

1.

Affiliate Program

Their Amazon affiliate program gifts me and my family with commission on anything anyone buys when they click-through from my site. I cannot tell you how much this helps us cover all those unexpected costs that come with young family life.

If you have a blog and haven’t signed up yet, you totally should. Here are all the details!

And if you happen to be shopping on Amazon this season and would like to click-through my affiliate link first, I would be oh-so so so grateful!

2.

Prime

Patience isn’t exactly my strong suit (and procrastination is) so the fact that anytime I order (almost) anything from Amazon I find a brown box on my stoop just two days later delights in ways that probably (or definitely) aren’t entirely virtuous (wink, wink).

Oh, and free shipping during the holidays for a mom who is buying gifts for six little ones? Such a blessing. Thank you kindly, sweet, speedy Prime.

3.

Wish Lists

How cool is it that Amazon allows you to add things to your wish list from other retailers? (You can get the browser button here if you don’t have one yet.)

I kind of use my wish list like I use Pinterest. I do add things that I hope to obtain one day, but I also add big crazy dream items that I probably won’t be buying anytime soon (if ever).

Like this fabulous bike with a four person passenger bucket! How cool? So cool.

Covet. Swoon. And all that jazz.

Do you have an Amazon wish list? I’d love to take a peek, if so, so leave a link in the combox! (My bucket bike, turquoise couch, apron-lovin’ list is here.)

4.

Drones

Okay, well, not entirely sure how I feel about this one yet. Even as impatient as I am, I just don’t know that I’m ready to have a drone land in my front yard. I mean…

“The hard part here is putting in all the redundancy,” Bezos said. “All the reliability to say this can’t land on somebody’s head.”

Drones landing on my head? I’d die. DIE.

Still, you’ve got to hand it to them — Jeff Bezos doesn’t sit back and rest on his laurels, does he?

5.

Variety

Here is why I am not the CEO of a multi-billion dollar company: I can’t even wrap my head around how they have basically every product in the world in stock to send me whenever I request. I guess that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but tell me that isn’t crazy. What is this world we’re living in???

 

Kisses!
Hallie

 

 

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikita December 3, 2013 at 11:07 pm

You know the other interesting thing about Prime, say you are unable to pay for the next yearly payment of $79, if you end the prime membership they will refund you the $79, that helped me a lot. :) Just a thought. Good program if I was able to afford it, maybe in a few months.
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Mrs. K December 3, 2013 at 11:12 pm

We live by amazon.com and I’m grateful for it. I went to the hardware store with all the kids yesterday. Back to amazon from now on. Enough said. Except…. If you live near me, I hope you find the correct bolt, wing nut or Phillips screw in the right bin. And I guess the shoplifting screws and butterfly nuts lesson with Mr. Dave, the worlds greatest hardware store man who patiently tried to explain x, y, and z while my 2 and 3 rode wrapping paper horses around him…. Yes, I heart you. Amazon.
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Rachel December 3, 2013 at 11:26 pm

I love amazon too! Unfortunately, I live in one of the states where they don’t allow affiliates for them. Lame.

However, I do have a (somewhat sad) wish list :-) http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ref=gno_listpop_wi

When I was putting together a baby registry, I used Amazon because they would let me add things from other stores. Win!
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Kaitlin @ More Like Mary December 3, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I’m with you for every one of these reasons! It saves so much sanity. Not only do they have everything in the world, but they usually have it CHEAPER!

Hallie @ Moxie Wife December 3, 2013 at 11:33 pm

Oh, no! The link won’t work for me. Dying to swoon over your items, though!

Francine December 3, 2013 at 11:49 pm

I love Prime so much! It’s nice, too, when you have a friend/family member who has Prime and signs you up to benefit from the free shipping. I’ve been thinking about becoming an affiliate, maybe I’ll finally get around to it this month. Love your wish list, btw, and that apron is perfect for you! :)
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Eloquent Obi December 3, 2013 at 11:59 pm

i love amazon too! will start to join this link up too. is it on Tuesday’s?
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Jeni December 4, 2013 at 12:21 am

Does anyone know what these drones look like exactly? Cause I’m picturing some sort of quasi-star wars droid thing… landing on my head… eh. I do love Amazon wishlists though!
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tacy December 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

I have a friend who works at Amazon.com and she said it is like “shopping with your hair on fire.” She puts the funniest items she has to find on the shelf on facebook and there are some crazy things out there! My husband and I were just watching that video about the drones today. Crazy stuff! Kinda reminds me of the google cars! just wow.
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Jenna@CallHerHappy December 4, 2013 at 1:00 am

I have no idea how much it would cost to have something delivered by drone, but I am saving up all of my money and having one bring me something. Anything!
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Erin December 4, 2013 at 3:13 am

I have a Madsen and it *is* pretty awesome. I added an electric motor to help me with the hills (Seattle, represent!), but its a fabulous car alternative for my family!

Hevel December 4, 2013 at 6:03 am

I love, love, love the affiliate program. Truth be told, the past three months combined I haven’t reached $10, but I do hope for some Christmas shopping.

Prime is not available to me, and to be honest I’m getting annoyed with their adding $3 to Kindle books for us foreign readers, but Amazon is still awesome. Unless one works for them, like in their storage facilities. Based on what I read online, then Amazon is not that much awesome.
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Mandi @ Messy Wife, Blessed Life December 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

Yep, the current state I live in and the last one didn’t allow Amazon affiliates either. Boo! I feel like they are one of the only Amazon programs that is actually profitable for small blogs. Unless you’re big or really into fashion or cooking or something specific, other affiliate programs just aren’t going to really help!
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Mandi @ Messy Wife, Blessed Life December 4, 2013 at 10:05 am

You didn’t mention the Prime instant streaming! There are (sometimes) some great movies and shows and they have all of the PBS stuff for my little one. Definitely cheaper than us getting cable and it’s bundled with that awesome two-day shipping!
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Rachel December 4, 2013 at 11:03 am

Mandi, I’m thinking the same thing. I just signed up for Target as I figured that’s the next best thing. We’ll see how that one goes :-)
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Susan December 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

I have dream that one day Amazon will send me a Christmas card for being the most loyal customer ever and promise free shipping for the rest of my life….and my own personal drone.
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Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle December 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I gave away half of my paycheck to Amazon this past week (although i did make it out to small biz saturday). it’s seriously incredible. they’re SO efficient and, like you, I can’t get over that everything I could ever need is on one site with such great prices. I love them and I love reading articles about Bezos and how his mind works. I mean… DRONES!? have a great day hallie!
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Rakhi @ The Pitter Patter Diaries December 4, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Oh, you read my Christmas shopping mind! We LOVE love LOVE it! Plus, with the Prime, we also get free movies and shows, which is a win win win in this house!

I hadn’t checked into the affiliate program because I figured you had to be a prime time blogger for that, but now I certainly will! :)

Happy shopping! Which reminds me, I should update my Christmas wishlist…
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Erika Marie December 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

This is a great list about why Amazon rocks, especially during this time of year. I didn’t know about that wishlist button so thanks for sharing that!
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Jenny December 4, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Did you watch that 60 min interview with Bezos the other night, and were you totally geeking out over it? We definitely were.

Sarah December 4, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Another awesome thing about Amazon is that if you shop through smile.amazon.com, you get all the normal features of Amazon, plus they will donate a portion of your purchase to the charity of your choice! :)
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Mamabearjd December 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Amazon prime is the best! Also, I recently started using soap.com/wag.com/diapers.com etc (one website with many shop tabs) to get things that Amazon won’t ship with prime – mouthwash, bathroom cleaner, cat litter – free two day shipping. I think they are affiliated with Amazon somehow because you can see a link at the bottom of Amazon’s home page. It fills in the gaps for my emergency shopping!

Kerri December 6, 2013 at 1:32 am

I know a four-year old who thinks Amazon is some magical, benevolent being who sends anything you want to your house. He has no concept of paying money for things yet, so he just assumes you can “ask Amazon” for things and they’ll show up in two days. He’s kind of right.
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