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Amazon Prime: 2-Day Delivery And So Much More

In 2005 Amazon created Amazon Prime, which offered free two-day shipping and affordable one-day shipping for Amazon customers. I joined in 2006, for $79 a year. Not coincidentally, that was the same year we bought our house. I had a two-year-old daughter, a five-year-old son, and no parking spot. Shopping with two little people was […]


Brookstone Shiatsu Neck & Back Massager With Heat Review

I love a good massage. I’ve gotten more professional massages than I can count. When I’m done with my manicure and my nails are drying, I move over to the massage chair to be rubbed and kneaded while my nails dry. When I’ve got more time I go for the on-the-table naked “real” massage. I […]


Comparison Shop At Local Stores With Price Patrol

[The following post was sponsored by Price Patrol.] There have been so many times in the past when I’ve needed something right away – a gift for a birthday party I’d forgotten about, an item I needed for a project, or something that I just didn’t want to wait on for home delivery. If I’d […]


Coffee And Clothing With A Cause

[This post is sponsored by Life Is Good and BSM Media.] Last Friday I stopped by Penn Station to check out Life Is Good, which was giving away their new coffee to commuters. I wasn’t there for the coffee – I get my caffeine in other ways. But I was happy to meet with reps […]

When A Grocery List Gets Melancholy

I use an online grocery delivery service for about 75% of the food and supplies that come into my house. I’ve been using the same one for ten years now. When I shop, I shop from a list of everything I’ve ever bought. After ten years, the list has gotten quite big, and the other […]

Introducing LOC–All Of Your Loyalty Cards In one Place

[The following post was commissioned by LOC.] I’m one of those people with a giant key ring. It has the keys on it for every door I could ever need to get into, a safety whistle, and the broken end of a flashlight that used to be on there. It also has four loyalty cards […]

Buy Luxury Bedding Without Leaving Your Own Bed

[The following post was commissioned by Frette.] If there’s one thing I thought I knew everything about, it’s online shopping. If I can buy it without leaving my house, I’m a very happy person. But there’s a whole level of luxury online shopping out there that I didn’t know existed. I always assumed that when […]

Win a $100 Macy’s gift card!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to JulieD, comment #23. [The following post was commissioned by in conjunction with Macy’s] The year I went off to college (1990) I was super excited. I got in touch with my new dorm-mate and we started coordinating what each of us would bring. I had really hit […]

Holiday couch shopping: coasters

It was a gorgeous day outside, about 85 degrees. The Ass took the kids to the park to ride bikes. I had the house to myself. So what did I do? Shopped online for coasters. The men in my life drink a lot of ice water, which in sticky weather like this leaves huge puddles […]

Fresh Direct–actually making this mom’s life easier!

This giveaway has closed. Congratulations to the winner, Eve L.! I can’t tell you how often I get pitches from PR people for things they claim will make my life easier. Usually it’s something that would make no discernable difference at all in the level of ease in my life. But when the folks behind […]