One of my friends does a post called “what I love” and posts products that she is currently loving. It inspired me to do this post, however instead of “things” I will be posting about websites/services that I love.
Love, love, LOVE Amazon! I have for quite a while. Last year I did about 3/4 of my Christmas shopping on amazon. For those that still think that Amazon is only books and DVDs, you are sorely mistaken. They have EVERYTHING!!!! What makes Amazon even better is Amazon Mom. My favorite part about this is the free 2 day shipping. I usually try to make my orders over $25 to get the free shipping, and the items would usually arrive in a week or two. If it’s not something I need in a hurry, no big deal. But when I do need something soon (ex a birthday present for the party in a few days!) then it didn’t work so well. But enter Amazon Mom and free 2 day shipping and life is so good!!! Knowing that my item will be there at a specific time is so helpful and has saved me SO MUCH time!!! For example, last week I needed two birthday gifts. I could have packed up my little bean, drove to Target, walked around Target to find the items (and inevitably a few extra items as well), then drove home. Or I could go online and click, click, click be done in less than 5 minutes!
*Little tip: I’ve started keeping an Amazon wish list of little things that I need/want, but am not in a particular hurry to get. Then, when my amazon order is less than $25, I just look through this list, add some stuff and I reach $25. Otherwise, I always ended up buying a book I didn’t really need or something else in order to get my order high enough for free shipping.
We’ve had Netflix for years now! I love that they carry every DVD under the sun and having DVDs delivered to my door was great. It got even better when they introduced their online content. Sure, a lot of it is C rate stuff, but there is some cool foreign films, tons of documentaries (I’m a dork, I know), plus quite a few full series of TV shows (every season of Ally McBeal, plus lots of star trek for hubby). They recently changed their pricing structure so that DVDs and online content are separate. Since neither of us were watching anything special or particular on DVD, we decided to drop that portion and stick with the online. Especially since we have discovered….
The best way to describe this is a vending machine for movies. The best part $1/day!!! Cheap and easy – just how I like it! (for those of you that are snickering right now about my wording – love that you have that kind of sense of humor). They don’t have the biggest selection, but they have most new releases, plus some other stuff.
This blog is written on wordpress. For a long time I was a Blogger girl, but then wordpress had a better iPhone app and it has a lot more ability to customize. So I made the switch, and I love it. (It also helps that I ran a blog for work on WordPress for two years so I’m quite familiar with it).
Personalized, online radio! Put in a song or genre that you like, and it will start to play music. As songs play, give them the thumbs up or thumbs down, and Pandora will continue to customize your station so it only plays what you love! Don’t feel like listening to a song, just press next. It’s genius!!
I’m a post it notes addict! Evernote in many ways acts as my online post it note. Anytime I see something I like, but don’t want to buy at that time, I just clip it to evernote. I keep lists of gift ideas for my family, as well as for myself in here (because when my mum asks me what I want for Christmas I can never think of anything!). The best part is that it has an iPhone app (yes, I’m addicted to my iPhone) so I can easily access it when I’m out.