Amazon Prime Day 2016 has been scheduled for July 12, 2016. On that day, Amazon is promising to offer discounts on 100,000+ products. They are even going so far as to promise that some deals will be better than those that you’ll find on Black Friday.
I was really surprised to see that Amazon Prime Day is coming back this year. By most accounts it seemed to be a flop last year, as the vast majority of items that were on sale were just bizarre. The tweets in this CNN article are hilarious and echo everything I heard about the day last year.
Regardless, Amazon is giving it another go-round, and I’ll probably check it out. I’m a sucker for anything that Amazon does!
The only caveat to Amazon Prime Day is that it is only for Amazon Prime members. If you’re not yet a member but you want to check out the sale, be sure to grab a FREE 30 day Amazon Prime trial subscription. The free trial WILL grant you access to shop on Prime Day.
So what do you think? Are you excited for the return of Amazon Prime Day or did you have enough last year?
The hard thing about being a first-time parent-to-be and registering for baby stuff is that you really don’t have a clue what you’re going to need or want. Sure, everyone recommends all of their favorite products and has their own idea of what is “best,” but until your little one gets here you’re basically just winging it.
At least I know that I was! I registered for things that I thought all parents needed, like a traditional Pack and Play, and then quickly realized that we really had no use for that cumbersome thing. It’s all a little bit of trial and error to figure out what fits into your lifestyle.
My husband and I enjoy traveling, and of course we take our son with us now, which isn’t always easy. Relying on hotels to provide us with cribs is always a bit iffy, and then the quality is sometimes not ideal. Before we embarked on our big summer road trip, I knew I wanted to get a travel crib so that our son would be sleeping in the same “place” every night and we wouldn’t have to worry about any hotels not having a crib option available.
I scored an amazing deal from a Chicago mom’s group and was able to purchase a BabyBjörn Travel Crib for a steal of a deal and it is literally the best thing ever. If you travel with a baby, your life will be made so much easier with the use of this lightweight and quick-to-assemble crib!
The BabyBjörn Travel Crib weighs just 11 pounds, so it is incredibly easy to transport! Setting it up takes 30 seconds (literally) and taking it back down again takes approximately 45 seconds. It takes longer to take down just because you need to line the legs up properly to get them into the bag. The crib is not particularly wide, so we were able to set it up right next to our hotel bed, and once we even put the bed in the closet! (Don’t worry, we left the door open.)
The only thing I don’t love about the BabyBjörn Travel Crib is that it doesn’t come with a shoulder strap. When you’re carrying 200 things into a hotel room, being able to throw this crib over your shoulder would be awesome. Alas.
The BabyBjörn Travel Crib is pricey – it typically costs around $300, although right now it’s on sale for $220 everywhere, which probably means a new version is about to be released. Due to the price, I would probably only recommend buying one if you plan on traveling frequently with your baby. If you are a traveling family, though, I absolutely think this crib is a must-have! I’m honestly bummed we didn’t get one sooner but am so thankful that we have it now.
Amy and Roger, the titular characters, embark on a cross-country trip together as they have to take Amy’s mom’s car from California to Connecticut. Amy and Roger don’t really know one another, but quickly develop an easy chemistry as they choose to not take the route planned out by Amy’s mom, and instead visit the places around the country that mean something to them.
Prior to where the story starts, Amy suffers the loss of her father. In much less serious fashion, Roger has suffered the loss of his girlfriend. The pair are both suffering in different ways and are able to be there for one another. Despite the tragedy, however, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is a fast read that’s filled with likable characters, a few laugh-out-loud moments, and a little bit of summer romance.
Those of you that are big music fans may also enjoy the road trip playlists that are interspersed throughout the book. Snippets of the scrapbook Amy is making appear at the end of each chapter, and most scrapbook pages include a new playlist. I recognized very few of the songs but it was a neat way to break up the story!
Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is a young adult novel that’s about a summer road trip adventure, which means it is pretty much the perfect summer book. I certainly got a kick out of reading it while we were on our own road trip! Because this is a young adult novel, there weren’t any graphic sex scenes or too much foul language or crazy behavior. The storyline is predictable, but I thought the way the book was written kept it from being boring.
Overall, I would give Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour 3.5 out of 5 stars, though I definitely recommend reading it if you are looking for something fun for the summer. It’s a fun read that I couldn’t put down, but it’s not particularly ground-breaking in any way.
We returned home from vacation late last night, which meant that this morning was the first time I logged into Amazon for like two weeks… which I think is a personal record!
I was excited to find a message that I had Amazon credit waiting for me as a result of the Apple eBooks Antitrust Settlement. If you purchased eBooks between April 1, 2010 and May 21, 2012, then you, too, may have credit waiting for you!
My husband tells me that Amazon also sent out emails with this information, but I was trying to stay off the grid as much as possible and didn’t look at that account. If you purchase Kindle books but missed the email, be sure to check your account!