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10 Products From Amazon, A Beginners Guide

Did you know?  Prime members are driving sales for Amazon. According to a recent survey, 53% of all Amazon purchases came from Prime members (an all-time high). ( v i a )


What the F do I buy on Amazon?  That’s what I first asked my friend who mentioned she stopped going into stores because she literally orders anything she needs off Amazon.

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Mmmmmkay but where do I start?  Since then, we discussed the only real problem with Amazon is knowing where to start. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t have a great browsing site which makes it tricky to find products unless you know exactly what you’re looking for.  This is why sharing is so important.

Because I’ve become loyal to Amazon & do believe it’s going to take over the world, I want to help you get on board now.  I decided I’ll give you lists every so often of products I’m buying so you have a place to start.  That’s key.  Once you get the hang of it you’ll be an addict as well & won’t even know the name Target anymore.

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Here we go: 10 Products I Buy On Amazon

  1. Gel Pens – If you’re a note taking freak, you need to buy these Gel pens off Amazon.  They come in huge packages & are SUPER affordable.  I’ve been using them for my color coded notes & calendar.  I also like that they have metallic colors that show up on dark paper, last Christmas I wrote on black paper so I had to go on the hunt for a metallic pen that would show up on black.  I probably paid the same for that one pen that I did for this entire pack.

  2. Cologne – This is a little tricky but I’m loyal to never going into a mall again.  The deal with perfume & cologne is to read reviews FIRST.  Some cologne appears to be knock-off’s so beware.  However, I haven’t had an issue with that.  I read the reviews first which is usually a dead giveaway.   Perfume tends to be more affordable on Amazon than buying them in the store.

  3. Books – Especially older books, you can get them for a few dollars!  I mean why not?!  (How is Barnes & Noble still in business?!)  Usually you can’t get the best deal through Prime, so make sure you order a couple weeks ahead of time because they’ll take more than a few days to arrive.

  4. Hair Serum – I’ve wanted something to put in my hair when I feel like it needs a little moister. This serum has been doing the trick, it’s not too oily & doesn’t do anything funky to my hair.  I put it on after I brush it when I get out of the shower. I rarely use hair products – not hair spray, not often enough purple shampoo, not mousse, rarely shampoo (ha!) so I wanted something that was easy to use & that I would barely notice.

  5. Wet Brush – I don’t know why the good lord baby Jesus didn’t bless me with this brush when I was a child… I have LONG, THICK, hair & that makes brushing it a pain in the ASS. Big time.  This brush slides right through my hair, I can untangle & move on so quickly I’m barely inconvenienced.  I could cry.  If you have kids with long hair that gets tangled, buy this brush! My mom & I would have been much happier when I was a child had we had this brush.

  6. Lip Balm – I love Carmex but I also love badass ingredients. The gold mine behind this chapstick I found online has been answering all my requests.  I needed a PACK of chapsticks because they need to be found everywhere, anytime.  I can’t buy a pack with 2, that’s bullshit.  This pack of 6 is affordable, luxurious, and clean.

  7. Coconut Oil  – Obviously.  And here’s why.  You need a shit ton of coconut oil on hand at all times.  I need a jar all over the house. Buying it on amazon is a little more affordable & you can buy it in bulk or smaller jars. For example, I keep one bulk size in the kitchen and 1 smaller size in the bathroom.

  8. Eye Pads –  I’ve tried several eye pads they sell in Ulta & Sephora but haven’t been happy with them.  They all slide off?  I feel like they don’t stay moist very long & they cost a million dollars.  Anyone else?  But the eye pads online are affordable & I feel like they actual help the eye situation, especially if you pull them out of the fridge – like an ice pack to the puffy.

  9. Games – I have two things to say here:  1.  If you don’t have games in your house, yes even as an adult, you need to buy some.  2.  Buy them on amazon.  If you’re looking for somewhere to start your collection I’d say Cards Against Humanity, Cranium, and Scrabble.

  10. Moisturizer – I know I’ve mentioned this moisturizer before, but last night I noticed mine ran out & I’ll be ordering more so I thought I should throw it on this list.  I break out if ANYTHING touches my chin area, even if it’s meant to help acne – it’ll break me out.  It’s very annoying because I have to avoid so many products.  Not only does this moisturizer not break out my chin area, I think it’s actually been helping.  I’m loving the price, ingredients, and product.

 Favorite Amazon Products

A Few Tips:

  1. Reviews are your friend. I always read the reviews before I buy a product, you can usually tell right away if something is going to work or not.   Look at the majority rather than one asshole that decided to write a thorough review on a $2 item.

  2. The more reviews the better.  If you’re looking at a product & one of them has 10,000+ reviews with a 4+ rating – it’s likely a solid product.

  3. Stick to Prime.  For the most part, I buy products that are Prime.  That’s because Amazon Prime is the shit.  I think it’s $99/annually & you receive free 2 day shipping on all Prime products.  Once you start ordering you won’t be able to stop & you’ll easily get that money back in savings.

  4. Once you’re a Prime member, order everything you want.  Deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, snacks, batteries, lightbulbs – if it’s a Prime product it’ll save you a trip to the store so don’t be afraid to order the items you use every single day online, rather making a trip to the store for batteries.

  5. Amazon has an app! This is a recent discovery.  You can download the Amazon app on your phone, so if you realize you need batteries you can quickly get on the app & put batteries in your cart.  You can skip the whole list making part of life!

 Favorite Amazon Products

And that’s it for now!  10 Products I’m currently buying off Amazon. What do you buy?

If you have an item you ALWAYS buy on Amazon or a secret find that I haven’t discovered, please make my day & share.  I literally get as excited as a child with rich parents would on Christmas morning when I discover a new product to purchase off Amazon. It’s bad.

PS.  Although it does appear Amazon is my number 1 sponsor, they’re not.  I’m just aware this is the future & want to help you get on board!


Off to start a new week, it’s Monday, a fresh start!  It’s also still February which floats my boat. I went to Trader Joe’s last night, they were wrapping flowers & the store was flooded with chocolates & red + pink hearts.  Can it remain Feb for the rest of 2017? I’m going to try my best to keep it in the love making zone.

See you tomorrow, but today, remember to be thoughtful 🙂

Xx

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Best of 2016: TV & Movies

Did You Know? There’s no reason to feel guilty next time you indulge in your favorite shows- 70% of Netflix users binge-watch their tv series ( v i a )


The most important conversation of 2016, what was binge worthy?!  What was worth those hours missed in front of the TV??  I have a few favorites — they didn’t all come out in 2016 but I watched them in 2016, so they count.

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I rounded up my favorite TV series I watched this year & a few of my favorite movies.

If you’re staying in & relaxing through the New Year weekend here are some binge worthy options to start your 2017 the right way!


 The Americans

The Americans

Different than other shows, I couldn’t peel myself away from the TV.  There’s suspense w a family dynamic that isn’t seen in other shows.  Lies, love, drama, murders, thrill, adventure, passion & loyalty like no other.  Also, I might be bias here, but it was refreshing/different to see non Arabs coming after America…

Jessica Jones Jessica Jones

I have a crush on this movie because I like the character so much.  A badass woman is all dreams come true, and the story line of this series is a winner for me.

 The Blacklist

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I left this series during the first season but after tough convincing I came back to it, and I’m glad I did.  As soon as you think you have the series figured out, the twists keep it interesting & eliminate all room for boring.

 Chelsea

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I was 50/50 with Chelsea Lately & was not a huge fan of her books… BUT, this talk show is constantly inspiring me.  Yes, Chelsea Handler is inspiring me.  You can tell she developed an idea for a show that would have more than senseless humor, & rolled with it.  Teaching proper vocabulary & spelling, the importance of politics, and incorporating WORLD knowledge – couldn’t be happier about this series.

Last Man Standing

Last man Standing

I would say New Girl as my 2016 favorite but I know I’m getting old on that one.  Last Man Standing is FUNNY!  I was hesitant, but have recently blown through 5 seasons nearly back to back so I don’t think I qualify to say I’m hesitant any longer.  The writers should be getting paid big $$…

Baby Daddy

Baby Daddy

I like shows that make me laugh.  There’s something about easy, quick TV episodes that can do the trick on your casual Wednesday.

Sense 8

Sense 8

This show took me a minute, but once I was into it I was hooked and couldn’t stop.  I think I binged the entire season in 1 day.  No shame.

How to Be Single

 How To Be Single

I almost wrote an entire blog post on this movie, I still might.  What a fantastic film.  The lesson for women to be patient & appreciate their alone time is something money can’t buy.   This movie needs to be taken seriously, ha! And all 20-30 yr olds should be required to watch it w that perspective.  LOVE this movie!

 Chef

Chef

Why would you watch a sad/emotional/thriller/bloody movie when you can watch a light & fluffy movie like Chef.  Is there anything better than this movie?  Can we get more made like this please?!

No Escape

No Escape

…but if you need high suspense/thriller/action – this movie is for you.  I watched it a couple times this year.

 


Time to share your favorite binge worthy movies & TV series of the year!  I’m having a major dry spell with TV series at the moment (forcing me to read), I’m not finding anything capable of getting me hooked – needs to be GOOD.

Enjoy this last weekend of December & remember to be thoughtful, always 🙂

Xx

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Your PERFECT Dubai Vacation Itinerary!

Dubai! Dubai! Dubai!

 The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

One of the questions I get asked these days is recommendations of what to do while visiting Dubai.

Shortly after – I realized I never made a useful list of what to do when you decide to vacation in Dubai, which is really stupid considering I lived there for a year and a half.  The very LEAST I can do is help recommend what to do!

Just a heads up – Dubai is kind of spread out.  Dubai Marina is on one end, Downtown Dubai is on the other, and The Grand Mosque is in the nearby capital – Abu Dhabi

It’s VERY useful to plan your days accordingly.

1. Desert Safari –

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

This is A MUST DO.  One of the more obvious MUST – DO’s, but I wanted to confirm it’s worth it & you won’t be disappointed. There are tons of companies that offer the Safari trip & both the ones I went on worked out well –  plenty of other tourists, affordable, they serve alcohol & you get the entire desert experience.  The whole trip usually takes half of your day, so plan an entire afternoon here. { This company is pretty popular.}

+ Extras:  Rent Quad Bike /  Upgrade your ride / Stay overnight

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque –

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is about 40 minutes away from Dubai Marina, but I consider it totally worth the drive. Rent a car for the day and take it out to the Mosque.  I can’t imagine traveling all the way to the Middle East, landing in Dubai for a couple days, and not taking the time to see this masterpiece. It’s indescribably grand & gorgeous. Absolutely something I would recommend.

This grand Mosque is one of many architectural reasons you ABSOLUTELY MUST have a GoPro before you go to Dubai. No excuses.

+ Extras:  Visit nearby Ferrari WorldYas Waterworld

3. Dubai Souk –

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I’m recommending the Souk because it’s in the old part of Dubai & is more traditional looking than the rest of the city.  Having that perspective is always important. If you’re good at bartering you can get some great deals on Dubai souvenirs, scarves, spices, decorations, ect.

They really have it all, just be ready to barter.

+ Extra: Dubai Creek Cruise

4. Renting A Yacht –

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

Alright. This is my number 1 recommendation, hands down.   Worth every penny spent and an absolute must if you visit Dubai.

If you’re visiting with a group, this is perfect & shockingly affordable.  If you’re visiting alone or in a small group, at the very least go check out the options at a place that rents boats and see if there’s an option you can afford. (Check GroupOn! That’s how we ended up reserving ours).  You’d be surprised how affordable taking a Yacht out is in comparison to many other Dubai activities.

You can usually spend most of your day out on the boat and it offers the most spectacular views! An overall great time.  Pack food, drinks, music, swim suits, and you’ll have a fantastic time, I promise this is a MUST!

+ Extras: Drinks & Food at Pier 7 / Dubai Marina Mall

5. Dubai Mall –

 The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

Shopping in Dubai is insane. Period.  And The Dubai Mall is where it’s at.  For obvious reasons, this is one of my recommendations.  You can really spend a lot of time and a lot of money in The Dubai Mall.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

PS. As far as eating in Dubai Mall.. Go to Texas Roadhouse. LOL! Unfortunately, I didn’t like many restaurants in Dubai Mall.  If possible, go outside and eat at the Souk Al Bahar next door. There’s some yummy options over there, shout out to Bakers & Spice!

Extras: Aquarium in Dubai Mall / Ice Skating Rink in Dubai Mall

6. Emirates Mall / Ski Dubai –

I’ll be honest, I’m not a fan of Ski Dubai.. BUT, I know a lot of people can’t wrap their heads around the idea of a ski slope in the middle of the desert.  If that’s you, then here you go!  Emirates Mall will give you what you’re looking for.

I would recommend scheduling this a day or two early as the different packages fill up.  If you don’t want to go skiing, there’s always excellent shopping throughout the Emirates Mall. Either way, great spot to stop.

 

Extras: Gold & Diamond Souk

7. Burj Khalifa + Fountain –

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and it’s such a wonder to gaze at.  Like I’ve said in previous posts, there was not a day I would see this mountain of a building and not be in awe.  You can take pictures from the bottom of the building, gaze from Dubai Mall, or walk around outside near the Fountain.

The fountain is gorgeous.  You can go every single night and not get bored.  If you’ve seen the fountain in Vegas –> this one will blow it away.  Breathtaking.

Extras: At The Top

8. Dubai Marina Beach –

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

I decided to pick one beach for this list, and I’m going for Dubai Marina Beach.  There’s a new outdoor shopping mall, The Beach, that’s worthy of some time..

Plus the view from the beach of the sky rise buildings is pretty breathtaking. Also, there’s a lot of tourists, so you can feel pretty comfortable in your bathing suit 😉

Extras: Bike around the Marina

9. Burj Al Arab – 

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

I discovered this location late in my Dubai days and I remember regretting not taking visitors here.  The walk out to this restaurant offers PERFECT views of Burj Al Arab, which is an important landmark to see. As you walk out to the venue you can take your time gazing at the beautiful Burj Al Arab & luxurious Yachts that pull in.

Extras: Souk Madinat Jumeirah for souvenirs / Wild Wadi Water Park / Jumeirah Beach Hotel Day Pass

10. Dubai Atlantis –

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

Atlantis is a fun day activity. I recommend going to their waterpark – Aquaventure.  I really loved the architecture of the rides, the variety, and the beach it offered. {LOL the architecture, I hate rides! So I focus on other aspects of the waterpark.}  I had a great time and so did my ride loving friends. You can definitely spend a day, or even longer if you choose!

Extras: Spend a night at Atlantis /  Eat at one of the many restaurants

The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

***Bonus: Sky Diving – I get scared even typing this as I have a very terrible fear of heights, BUT if there was ever a location I would love to jump out of a plane it would be over the Palm Jumeirah.

Guys, the photos and views are insane! First time in my life I was jealous of people acting so dumb.  PLAN AHEAD too! I think there’s a couple months waiting list to reserve, but if you do it right, this would be an incredible thing to mark off your bucket list.

 The Perfect Dubai Vacation Itinerary Must Do List

Ok guys, that’s what I would recommend to do while you’re in Dubai. I spent a lot of time there and can say with full confidence these are the things I would spend my time + money on if I brought someone to visit.

Next week I’ll share some outfit options for the ladies. That’s the second question I always get asked, what should I wear, and what am I allowed to wear. Don’t worry, I’ll cover that next week!

Anyone planning a trip to the Middle East? If so, I hope it’s not in the summer! LOL!

Let me know if you want any other Dubai posts covered… Sometimes I overlook obvious questions about the Middle East and forget to talk about things people want to know, so don’t be afraid to ask!

Talk soon!

Xx

 

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