GretchCannon: 07.2018


Amazon Prime Shenanigans

Hi, my name is Gretchen and I bought some things from Amazon Prime this past week when I was trying and couldn't sleep late at night. 

Some were deals, and some were normal purchases. It felt like Christmas! LOL. Can't wait to hear about your Prime Day Shenanigans. I guess we should really call this Prime WEEK, right? Click the title of the items listed below or on each photo image to view or shop on Amazon! (FYI: Some, but not all items mentioned are in this photo below.)

  • $6 - Oprah Magazine Subscription: Apparently I decided that since I am not currently getting any actual magazines, this one would be a good soul + food + women's talk, etc. magazine to get in the mail. And, the price is really good! I will have to let you all know how I like it. Make sure you turn off the "auto renewal" feature under each magazine you subscribe to on Amazon, unless you know for sure you want to keep it for the next year too. 

  • $11 - Interlocking Drawer Bins: I plan on using these to organize either a couple of my smaller bathroom or desk drawers. I think that this is a great deal, because there are 8 pieces at different sizes that you can make work in your drawers for your stuff. 

  • $5 - Wireless Charging Pad: I have an iPhone 8 Plus now, and I am supposed to be able to wirelessly charge it by laying it on a charging pad.. but they don't provide you with one at purchase. Weird, so I wanted to try it out. And - GOLD, hello? Duh.

  • $22 - Bamboo Wood Charging Station: I have high hopes that this will help me organize my iPhone, iPads, and iWatch, maybe old iPods? on a nightstand or side table in my room. I have cords everywhere and don't know where to charge everything, so I am thinking this will be a good solution for me! 

  • $12 - Macrame: The Art of Creative Knotting Book & $10 Handmade Cord Rope: My friend Kimberly recommended this book and rope to me, and I love a new craft, so I decided to order myself a kit too! I already have a pretty macrame tapestry hanging in my room, but I thought placemats, planters, and some other things in the book looked like fun projects to try when I am feeling up to it! 
  • $11 -  Rug + $19 -  Rug: The smaller rug is for the side of my bed so I don't get any dirt from the floor (AKA traveling cat litter) in my bed when I climb in! The larger size is for right outside my bedroom door. These are the grey/blue color, but there are other color options available too. I think they are beautiful and SUCH a great price! Non-skid too. 

  • $23 -  Cloth Storage Bins (6): Less than $4 each when you do the math, these collapsable bins are a steal! I got them to go under my bed, since I don't have much storage and the color blends well with the floor and my furniture if the comforter doesn't hang down low enough to completely conceal them. I really recommend and like these. Glad I purchased them. 

  • $20 - Fairywill Electric Toothbrush (Pink): I was cleaning the inside of my old Oral B Electric Toothbrush and the large part where you replace the head was so dirty I almost gagged! Ok, I did gag and it was super gross, so I went on Amazon ASAP and ordered this little guy. I actually think I paid more than this on Prime Day, but that is fine! It has a few different speeds, comes with 3 heads and you charge it with a USB cable. Super cute, travel friendly and works really good. 

  • $30 Label Maker: This label maker is bluetooth you guys! I downloaded the app on my iPhone, I just type the label I want to print and it prints at my desk, or wherever I have it plugged in. I am such a nerd, this is hands down my favorite Prime Day purchase. I highly recommend it! I also purchased some colorful tape options to go with it, because - why not!

  • $12 Anti-aging hand cream: This hand cream has retinol in it, SPF 20, and I am a sucker for a good beauty product with good reviews on Amazon, so that is what happened here! I don't really think my hands are aging too bad, and I have plenty else to worry about, but - preventative care doesn't hurt, right?! 

  • $10 Clear Lipstick Caps (12 pack): Less than $1 per cap, and you don't have to open and potentially smash all of your beloved MAC lipsticks to see what color you are grabbing. Boom - I think this is a genius idea and I already love it. 

  • $17 Jade Roller for Face: These are super trendy in the anti-aging skincare market right now, so I wanted to try one for myself. Someone recommended this particular one to me, and it came in a nice box. I am super excited to try it for puffiness, to boost collagen production, and just as a treat for my skin! 

  • $6 Tinkle Razors (9): I use these to shave my face! This was a good deal for less than a dollar per razor. For me, they get dull quickly, so I only use them a couple of times before trashing them. Helps your makeup go on smoothly, and no you won't grow back a big man beard if you shave your face. LOL

  • $50 Wireless Earbuds: I actually bought these right before Prime Day, so I probably missed a great deal, but I love them! They had good reviews and rightfully so. You can charge them on-the-go as long as the actual case is charged. They are bluetooth, so you can use them anywhere, and they are super comfy in my ears. I am not a big fan of Apple's earbuds, these are more comfortable to me. 

  • $30 External Battery: I will use this for charging my iPhone when I am not at home. It is smaller than the Amazon brand one I used to use, so I am excited about that. It comes in a cool carrying case, and also is available in red. 

  • I bought several practical misc. storage and hanging devices, too. I am just going to list these out for you and link the text, since I bought several items and I don't think it would be really that exciting to show you photos of each one! LOL.. Ok, I actually do think they ARE exciting, but you may not. I could be wrong though! Misc.: 
  • $6 Bath Hook - I actually bought this to hang up another older Amazon purchase, (this $10 Pink Soft Silicone Body Brush is supposed to be more sanitary than an old loofah that hangs on to your dead skin cells!) EW!
  • $4 Clear Razor Holder - I wanted this for my shower so that the lotion stuff in the razor didn't make a mess where I set it down or get washed away by the shower. I ended up putting my toothbrush in it too. Works great! 
  • $6 Cable Clips (6) - Good deal at $1 each, I wanted these to help keep some of my cords on my desks or countertops in place. I like the color variety too. 
  • $4 Round Cord Clips (4, Clear) - I ordered these to help hide some of my extension or power cords around my desk and nightstands. 
  • $4 Smart Phone Station (1, Clear) - Ok, I know I got the bamboo station above for all of my devices, but I just thought this would be good for right beside the bed so I am not tripping over my phone or drawer looking for my phone. (I bought this similar Remote Control Holder a few weeks ago, and I really love it.)
  • $9 Heavy Duty Packing Tape (3 Rolls) - I recently bought a roll of the same sort of tape in the Up & Up Target brand and the quality was thin and SO bad that I had to get some decent tape. I sell a lot of mine and my Mom's clothing on Poshmark (you can use code: GRETCHSTARS to save $5 if you are new to the site) and Mercari (you can use code: TWTVPF to save $10 if you are new), so this tape is a lifesaver for me! And, just a quick tip: I usually package up the clothing I sell on these apps in old Prime envelopes or boxes, to recycle them! So, that is the entire reason I bought all this stuff! HAHA. 
That's it. I know it was a lot. I have not gotten out much lately and I can't sleep and let's get real - why am I making excuses. I needed some things, and Prime Day made me think I needed more things! I am ok with it. 

Hope you enjoyed reading, and let me know what you bought! 



June Empties

Hi friends!!! I have some June empties to blog about! 

Quick health update: I have had 3 more IV steroids and am back on a high dose of oral prednisone. My new doctor is working to get a new treatment approved however, that I am equally hopeful and nervous for. The hope is to get me improving with the new treatment and decrease my steroid dose, since the side effects are not good. Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers, I really appreciate it.

I hope you enjoy this blog post! I cannot blog as much as I would like, but I am thankful to be able to today. I just take breaks and finally am finishing it up today. I hope all of my readers are doing well. Would love to hear how you are doing and what your empties are in the comments!

Lavender Spray - $13, I use this at night to spray on my pillow and bed sheets. The bottle says "Natural Hand Mixed Fragrance for Relaxation and Mood Enhancement." It is made with pure essential oil and helps get me relaxed and ready for bed.

Beauty Blender - $20, This black Beauty Blender has seen its last days. You can read this article I found so you know when to replace yours. I also have since switched over to the Maskcara Beauty Perfector Sponge, which I sell, I like better, and it is $7 cheaper! It comes in blue and pink. Use party #3936 if you end up shopping, and contact me if you want more info about the makeup or want to get color matched for free!

CBD Oil - approx. $65 - RW Optimize Tonic, I bought this at a local dispensary. I live in CA, so it is legal to buy CBD Oil here, and it has NO THC in it, so you will NOT get high. I use this to help relax me due to my autoimmune disease, and I am hoping it will help me get off some anti-anxiety medications. This one is created by a former pro football player from San Diego and it tastes like a relaxing tea due to the blend of oils in it. I really recommend it, if you can find it. It doesn't look like they sell online right now.

Body Wash - $12.50 for the full size. It looks like this Wild Madagascar Vanilla scent may be retiring, but it smells so good, so grab it now, just in case! They always have deals where you can buy 3, get 2 free or buy 1 get 1 free, and you can get the lotion or body spray to go with it in that bundle.

Face Razor - $4 for 3 razors! I do shave my face, but I haven't been as consistent as I used to be. These are the best razors for face shaving, use them carefully in a down motion to get rid of all that peach fuzz. I love how easy my makeup goes on when my face is smooth from shaving.

Eye Makeup Remover -$6.50, this has sleek new packaging now, and mine was a smaller bottle, but this stuff is really good for removing eye makeup. It is really gentle and oil-free, so I love that and use a cotton ball or cotton round with this before I wash my face at night.

Eyeliner - $20 for the full size @ Sephora, this is my ride or die liquid eyeliner that I have repurchased over and over again. I always get the black color, Trooper.

Candle - $20 for the medium size. Ginger Lime is my favorite scent that Gold Canyon carries. Use my party #P724904 if you end up shopping! This candle should burn 65 to 85 hours. Obsessed.

Face Primer - $34 for this full size, and they also carry a smaller size for $16! This tube lasted me forever and I will definitely repurchase this. It has coconut water, and its silicone free. It smooths and brightens your face, getting it ready for the rest of your makeup and kind of gives you a dewy fresh look. Love it.

Leave-in Conditioning Spray - $14 for 4oz. Love this after I wash my hair, before I comb it out. It is supposed to do "10 things instantly", including repairing damaged hair, adding shine, and protecting against heat from your hair dryer, flat iron or curling iron.

Lavender Essential Oil - $7, I bought this at a local shop, "Temecula Lavender Co.", but they don't sell it online, so I linked the one I just purchased on Amazon to replace it. I put a few drops of this in my bath at night with epsom salts to help me relax and get ready for bed.

That's it! I get satisfaction from using my products up because then I feel like I got my money's worth!

Make sure when you are shopping, that you also check Ebates for cash back!! You can add a little button to the top of your browser, and it automatically will check coupon codes and cash back opportunities for you. I recently found out that you can also add your credit cards to your account, so you can not only get cash back for online purchases, but also in-store purchases when you use that card. So awesome.

What did you use up last month? 
What kind of posts do you want to see more of? 
Let me know, and thank you for reading! 



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