Amazon Prime Day(s) 2019

It’s Prime Day, which is two days this year? Unless it’s always been two days? To be honest, I’ve not paid a lot of attention. I’m not a huge fan of giant sales that make me feel like I need to buy a bunch of stuff, but the truth is, my kids’ birthdays and their five cousins’ birthdays all take place in a two month period. I need to buy a bunch of stuff is what I’m saying.

So! Prime Day. I’m going to highlight a few of the deals I’ve found, and they’re going to be affiliate links (which means that if you make a purchase through my link, I make a couple cents).

Okay, so I was browsing for kid birthday stuff, I promise, and then the 23andMe deal flashed across my screen. I’ve been interested in doing one of the DNA ancestry kits for a long time and 50% off is a very enticing deal. It’s sitting in my cart right now but I’m waiting to pull the trigger. Have you done a 23andMe or similar kit before? I’ve heard some horror stories about family secrets coming to light but I’ve also heard some good stuff about them too. At $129 (CDN, $99 USD!) I can’t not buy it, right? I’ve never seen it priced so low.

We’re not a Harry Potter house (yet) but we are a Lego house. This Hogwarts Great Hall is absolutely stunning and costs $79.99 (down from $129.99) until midnight PST tonight.

Speaking of Lego, the Creative Brick Boxes are on sale for $18.99, down from $26.99. These are a favourite birthday gift to give in our family.

Another favourite birthday gift to give and receive? Craft supplies. Crayola’s giving an extra 15% to Prime members, and I’m stocking up on this block of Construction Paper (400 sheets for just over $11), Sidewalk Chalk (64 pieces for just under $13), and these super cute permanent markers for my bullet journal (24 pens for $16.55).

Crayola also has this amazing mess-free touch-light drawing board for toddlers which is perfect for car rides. If you’ve got a little person and a summer road trip in your future, this thing is your salvation for just over $20.

Lest you think we’re arts and crafts and brain development all the time over here, I’ll admit without shame that Grady’s also getting this Nintendo Switch Controller Charging Station (50% off! I can’t resist) to maximize his video playing time. I also picked up this carrying case (30% off!) so he can stop transporting his Switch in his lunch kit when we travel. It’s got a durable outer shell (in his favourite colour, red) and foam padded insides with compartments to keep all the bits and bobs safe.

I also picked up this portable nightlight / flashlight for the kids in an attempt to cut down on the 3am wake up calls I get whenever someone needs to use the washroom. It cycles through a soothing spectrum of colours and turns into a flashlight when removed from its base. We’re big Boon fans and they have yet to disappoint us.

While I was browsing in the flashlight section, this lantern called out to me. It evoked a deep nostalgic feeling so I feel like maybe my parents had one when we were kids? One of my siblings can weigh in on whether or not I’m full of shit.

And then, because I am a wild and crazy woman, I rounded out my purchases with a bottle of gummy vitamins for the kids.

Did you snag any Prime Day deals?

Small Business Saturday and a Bit of a Gift Guide

Today is Small Business Saturday which is something that speaks to my heart. This time of year is full of sales and promotions and buy! buy! buy! and it just makes sense to me to try to focus some of my spending on businesses who are built from the ground up, who believe the quality and heart of their product is more important than mass production, and who are the result of someone's visions, blood, sweat, and tears.

So! Without further ado, here are some of my favourite small businesses, artists, and makers, or ones I'm interested in but haven't purchased from (yet. I mean, it's Small Business Saturday, right? I should probably check out some new small businesses.).

The Uncommon Good

Wooden pieces (from Christmas tree ornaments right up to dining room suites) made from wood salvaged from pre-1940s homes in Vancouver that are being deconstructed or demolished. The lumber used in these homes are typically first-growth trees that would have been 300 - 1,000 years old. If the wood isn't salvaged, it ends up in the landfill. I've got a beautiful British Columbia piece hanging on my kitchen wall and I can't wait to add some Christmas ornaments to my collection this year.

Use code FREESHIPCANADA for free shipping within Canada until December 6th.

{image credit: The Uncommon Good}

{image credit: The Uncommon Good}

Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear

I'm lucky enough to do some work for Snugabell so I see firsthand the commitment and dedication that goes into helping mamas and babies. I bought a PumpEase hands-free pumping bra shortly after Grady was born because I had an oversupply and pumping became part of my daily routine. It was one of those items that felt frivolous until I actually tried it and realize how crucial it was to my sanity, especially when I went back to work and was pumping multiple times a day. If you shop Snugabell's website now through 11/30/15 you can use code SNUGTHNX for a whopping 40% off Snugabell and PumpEase branded items (pro tip: take advantage of this deal; PumpEase are never discounted this heavily).

{image credit: Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear}

{image credit: Snugabell Mom & Baby Gear}

Good Husbands Apparel Ltd.

I've not bought anything from this local Vancouver company before but that's about to change. This Mountains Bodysuit is adorable and I'm pretty sure I need it in my life. Code SHOPSMALL earns you 30% off today.

{image credit: Good Husbands Apparel}

{image credit: Good Husbands Apparel}

Mama Gems

Mama Gems makes understated, stylish teething necklaces for mamas who don't want to wear something that screams "TEETHING NECKLACE" around their necks. Founder Michaela's story pulls on my heartstrings and I can't do it justice so pop on over to her site for a read. Code SMALLBIZSATURDAY nets you 15% off your order until midnight tonight. Finnegan in Mint is on my Christmas wish list this year (hint, hint).

{image credit: Mama Gems}

{image credit: Mama Gems}

Wick Habit

Hand-poured soy wax candles with unique scent combinations and witty names? Yes, please. The following codes are valid through 11/30/15.

THANKS10 = 10% off $12
THANKS15 = 15% off $36
THANKS20 = 20% off $60

My personal recommendations? Study Date (smells like: old books, wood, peppermint tea) and Spa Package (smells like: lemongrass, eucalyptus, spearmint, lavender).

{image credit: Wick Habit}

{image credit: Wick Habit}

Where are you shopping this Small Business Saturday?

 

Bedroom Redo - Update x 2

You know what we haven't done in forever? Talked about my bedroom! Here's an update to my update for all of you sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to see what I'd do next. (Where is the sarcasm font when you need it?)

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This is our current bedroom. It's not exciting but it's soothing and comfortable. I feel nostalgic about the Ikea print hanging over the bed so that's going to stay most likely. We're probably going to get rid of the lamps and install some sort of reading light on the wall on either side of the bed.

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We don't have blinds or curtains on any of our windows and we've been in this house for ten months. We are ridiculous.

We had our bed under the window when we first moved in but then Grady started climbing up into the window frame to jump onto the bed and the potential for falling out the window was too great.

Shawn's dresser is usually piled high with clean laundry in various stages of being folded and put away.

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The top of my dresser is always packed with books and pictures. We wanted to put our bed against this wall but couldn't because of the furnace air vent thingy (technical term.) The door leads into the hallway.

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Our bed faces the bathroom (on the left) and the closet (on the right.) The far right door leads out into the hallway.

We don't love the current setup of our bedroom but we don't have any other choice as far as bed placement goes (until Grady grows up a little and stops climbing into dangerous spots.) We'd love to get rid of one dresser because they feel kind of cramped and stuffed into the only available space in the room but we both use them too much. The closet doesn't have a very efficient layout so the long term plan is to install a ridiculously functional closet and get rid of the dressers but for now we're stuck with them.

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This is our bedroom with the new bed linens I bought and then kept in the bag for five days while I debated returning them.

As far as bedroom updates go, changing the bed linens is one of the cheapest and easiest changes to make. I wasn't sure if I'd love the new duvet cover because I couldn't get matching pillowcases but once I got everything on the bed I was sold. I love how much depth the navy blue adds to the room. I love that Shawn and I both like this duvet cover and no one is compromising. I love my silly Union Jack pillow. I love that we don't have 18 pillows and shams and faff (I have nothing against faff. It's just not for me.)

Our simple bed linens update (that required three blog posts because I am crazy) has made me so excited for the next stage: painting the walls! (I am a weirdo who actually loves painting. I am gleeful with anticipation.)

Bedroom Redo - Update

Thanks for your comments and opinions on my bedroom linen dilemma. You've talked me out of Ikea linens (Shawn is totally giving you the side eye right now.) I should clarify that our bed is a food-free zone but Grady is three. He often has something sticky smeared on his face or on his hands and the way the universe works for me lately is that if Grady touches ONE place with his ketchup fingers, that place will be my brand new white linens.

So! I hit Bed Bath & Beyond on the weekend and came home with this duvet cover. It's reversible and we will have the navy side out so hopefully the white side stays pristine for that glorious day when I can have nice things that stay nice.

I am having a bit of a fancy person crisis now. In that I am not a fancy person. I just bought the duvet cover. Not the bed skirt or the decorative pillows. I don't like a lot of faff on the bed. Currently we have four king-sized pillows. Two have pillowcases that match our duvet cover. Two have pillowcases that match our sheets. It's not pretty but it works.

The new duvet cover didn't come with matching pillowcases or the option to buy matching king-sized pillow cases (just standard shams and Euro shams.)

I want the bed to look nice and a little fancy but function is definitely my top priority. What would you do in my situation? I bought two plain red king-sized pillow cases and our sheets are either plain white or plain taupe. I also bought one decorative pillow because it's a velvet Union Jack and there was no way I was leaving the store without it.

I don't have any pictures of my bedroom with the new linens because they're still sitting in the bag. I love the duvet colour. Navy blue is one of my favourite colours. Shawn and I both love it (which is unlikely to happen again based on our individual tastes and what's available.) But I don't know if I can get over this pillowcase thing. Will the bed look stupid with four plain pillowcases in two different colours? Is one bit of faff stupider than no faff (don't answer. I'm not giving up my Union Jack pillow.) And is the whole thing a little too "hey, sailor!" for us to pull off? Tell me the truth, I can take it.