Friday, July 19, 2019

Five on Friday - Fave Amazon Purchase, Deodorant, and Some Feelings About Amazon Prime Day

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What a week, y’all!  For the first time all summer we only had one obligation (a doc appointment for me) all week so we were able to chill at home for two days straight without ever leaving the house.  I totally didn’t put on makeup or do my hair for two days straight and it was awesome.  This also gave me plenty of time to shop the Amazon Prime Day sales and I got some gooood deals.  B did, too!

Here are some of my favorites from this week…

O N E – Prime Day… How We Approach It and Pay Off Purchases Easily… and Some Other Thoughts

This year there seemed to be more people than usual hating on the Amazon Influencers for “promoting too many things” during the sale, and the main thing that struck me as outrageous was that many of those people went so far to say that Amazon influencers were “peer pressuring” people to buy beyond their means.  I, personally, was not directly approached or targeted, but I still wanted to speak my piece about that statement.


As an Amazon influencer AND A RESPONSIBLE ADULT I only recommend the things that I either truly love or will/are buy(ing) for myself and I never ever purchase things that we can’t afford.  I read plenty of blogs and have made plenty of purchases through said blogs, but I have never once felt “peer pressured” to buy something, nor have I bought anything that didn’t fit in with our budget.  My job as an Amazon influencer is simply to let you know those products and deals are there... not to make you feel forced to purchase them.  Especially if you don’t have the money.  It’s called self control, people!  And if you don’t have any self control, then might I add that it may not be wise for you to be following influencers in the first place…

I freaking love a good deal and all I want to do is share my enthusiasm for said deals with my audience in case you love a good deal like I do.  My intent is NEVER to send any of you in to debt just to get a good deal.  The target audience for my blog is adults (WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF THEIR OWN ACTIONS/FEELINGS/SELF CONTROL), and I think it goes without saying that if you can’t afford something, you shouldn’t buy it.  Period.  (Hence the reason you won’t see me walking out of Nordstrom with 85 bags of clothes during the NSale.  Or ever for that matter.)

That said, I thought I’d share with y’all how B and I use Prime Day to purchase so many of the things we know we’ll need/want while they’re deeply discounted and how we save up to pay off our purchases immediately.

For starters, we never ever spend beyond our means.  Period.  If we can’t afford to pay something off without incurring interest, we don’t buy it (with the exception of our house, of course… I mean what can you really do about that?!). 

We opened an Amazon Visa credit card (it has no annual fee) several years ago because it gives us 5% cash back on all of our Amazon purchases (and Whole Foods if we had one), 2% cash back at restaurants, gas stations, and drug stores, and 1% cash back on everything else.  Lord knows we buy most of our stuff on Amazon so we might as well be rewarded for it in the process!  We use this credit card to make all of our Amazon purchases throughout the year as well as some other random purchases throughout the year, and we pay the credit card off each month so we don’t incur interest.  Since we know we’ll be paying our credit card off each month and never rolling over a balance, WE ONLY SPEND WITHIN OUR MONTHLY BUDGET.  This ensures we don’t spend beyond our means. 

We let all of our Amazon points accumulate throughout the year, and by the time Amazon Prime Day rolls around, we usually have several hundred dollars' worth of points saved.  This allows us to go ahead and buy the back-to-school items we need, fall clothing purchases, any big ticket items that may be hugely on sale, and even get a jump start on our Christmas shopping all during Amazon Prime Day while everything is majorly on sale.

Overall, we save tons of money from getting all of the great deals, but we’re also able to pay the entire balance off immediately with our accumulated Amazon points + whatever we have in the budget for Amazon for that month.  It’s a win win, y’all!

Another thing to note is that during Prime Day, Amazon gave us an additional 1% back on all of our purchases meaning that we got 6% cash back on everything we purchased!  Those points will begin our new yearly accumulation and by the time Prime Day rolls around next July we’ll be sitting on another pile of points for our shopping for next year. 

For those of you who are avid Amazon shoppers, I highly recommend that you get an Amazon Visa.  If you do shop at Amazon and you don’t have one, you’re leaving money on the table. 

You can sign up here if you’d like… but also, please know I’m not “peer pressuring” you.  You know your financial situation better than I do… I’m just letting you know that the service is available in case you didn’t already know.  ;o)

Also, fun fact... D. Barrett, the name that you see on the sample credit card below?  She is a real person and Brian knows of her through work.  They use her name for all of the Chase credit card promo pictures. #TheMoreYouKnow  

T W O – Favorite Prime Day Fashion Finds

And speaking of Amazon purchases, I was able to snag a couple of cuuuute pieces that were discounted and I thought I’d share them with you. 

This top is by far my favorite!  The stripes, the fit, the ruffle sleeve.  It’s all perfection.  And I was truly surprised at how great the quality is.  The top is thick and sturdy and not at all see-through, which is important since it’s white.  I’ll start wearing it in early fall with jeans and booties, and as fall and winter progress I’ll be pairing it with a utility vest or a puffer vest and tall boots.  It’s a great transitional piece for fall!  It comes in 11 different patterns and colors (including a couple of pretty florals) and it’s only $18.99.  I was able to get mine for $16.14 on Prime Day, so it wasn’t hugely discounted, but at least I saved a couple of bucks!

My other favorite purchase was this twist-front top.  I’ve had one of the long-sleeve tops for a year or so AND I LOVE IT, so I added the short sleeve version to my wish list a while back.  It ended up going on sale during Prime Day so I snagged two of them for just $13.59 each.  They are regularly only $16.99 each so they are still a great deal even when they aren’t on sale.

They come in 14 different colors and styles and they are also made very well.  The fabric is sturdy, but not too thick, and they are also long enough to cover your hiney in the back which means you can wear them with leggings.  Yes!

T H R E E – Nsale Leopard Tank

I’m not a Nordstrom cardholder as I don’t ever shop there unless the NSale is going on, but my friend Emily was kind enough to grab the leopard cami for me before it sold out, and I love it so much!  It’s soft and breathable, but not see-through, and the quality is great.  My only complaint is that I wish it was slightly longer.  Fortunately it’s long enough to wear tucked in so I decided to keep it!  I’ll be wearing this one now with shorts while it’s hot, and then when the weather turns cooler it’ll be nice to wear it with jeans and a long cardigan. 

It sold out almost immediately when the sale opened to cardholders, so if you weren’t able to get your hands on one, check back as they are supposed to be restocking most pieces today.

F O U R – Natural Deodorant Update

Well, I’ve officially tried three different natural deodorants over the last few months and as of Wednesday, I’ve officially gone back to my trusty-rusty, aluminum-filled antiperspirant/deodorant. Sigh. 

Over the last four-ish months I’ve tried Native deodorant (from Target), LaVanilla (from Amazon), and Dove 0% Aluminum Deodorant (purchased at CVS with a coupon).  Here are my thoughts on each of them…

Native – this one was by far the best natural deodorant I tried with regard to keeping me feeling fresh and smelling like a rose all day.  It didn’t feel too wet (although it wasn’t perfectly dry either), and it wasn’t sticky at all, but it went on white so you could see it in my armpits all day and that meant that it also rubbed off on ALL of my clothes.  I would have loved this one if it wasn’t for the white marks. 

LaVanilla – my next try was LaVanilla since it had gotten so many great reviews, and I first reported that I liked it really well after a few days' use.  Well, y’all, I WAS WRONG.  LaVanilla turned out to be the worst one of all.  I liked it because it felt pretty dry and it went on clear and it didn’t rub off on my clothes, but after just a few hours out and about, it did NOT keep me smelling fresh in the least.  I’m not even a sweaty person… I sweat a lot less than your average person, but I just could not get this deodorant to work for me.  I had to apply it, like, 3-4 times per day to keep from smelling and at that rate I would have been flying through so many sticks of deodorant we would have gone into debt.  And I don’t want to spend beyond my means.  ;o)

Dove 0% Aluminum – I loved the scent of the Dove deodorant and I loved how it went on clear, and it did keep me smelling fresher longer than the LaVanilla, but that’s where my praise for it stops, y’all.  The Dove felt really wet for a long time after I put it on and then throughout the day if I would get hot and sweat a little it felt very sticky.  It claims to have 24 hour odor protection but I was lucky to get 6-8 hours from it. 

Basically, the entire time I wore the natural deodorants, I felt VERY aware of my armpits at all times.  If I wasn’t feeling wet then I was feeling sticky.  If I wasn’t wet or sticky then I had white marks all over my clothes.  If I didn’t have white marks all over my clothes then I wasn’t smelling as fresh as one would like.  So yeah, I’m now three days back in to my beloved Degree UltraClear Invisible Solid AND I HAVEN’T THOUGHT ABOUT MY ARM PITS ONCE (except to write this post – ha!). 

When I wear this stuff I stay dry as a bone, there’s not a single mark on my clothing, nothing feels sticky, and it gives me 24 hour odor protection.  Plus it's only $6.99 for a two-pack!  So yeah, this is an instance where I’ll just pick and choose my chemicals… there are plenty of chemical-filled items that I’m willing to part with, but this ain’t one of them!

F I V E – NSale Reminder

I’ll be doing my shopping for the NSale today when the sale opens to the public.  I need a pair of my trusty rusty Zellas, some of my favorite undies, and I might order this BP cardigan.  Don’t need to buy anything else because… I wouldn’t want to go over budget!  ;o) 

Ok, I’ll stop now.

The sale opens to the public today at 12:30 PM EST.  I’m told that Nordstrom should be restocking items that sold out during the cardholder sale, so if there’s something you missed out on, be sure to check back! 

And now for the funnies of the week…

But not really... because I have self-control.  ;o)

Now THIS... this is true.

Olivia, every day.


And in case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog this week…

This weekend we have the first of Jacob’s birthday celebrations on deck and we’ll also be attending a birthday party for one of Jacob’s friends… it’s going to be a good one! 

Happy Friday, y’all!

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday FavoritesMeet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Polka-Dotty Place for High Five for Friday.


  1. That's so cool about the name on the credit card! And so silly about the backlash on influencers.

  2. I can't believe influencers got backlash. I need to plan to promote next year. I failed at it this year! :( I love that striped top!

  3. I love that you spoke your mind about prime day! As an influencer myself, I can completely relate to why people get excited and want to share things with our followers. FromFa person in general, I think it was just a bit overwhelming because everyone was sharing so many things at once, rightfully so, and I think it was so in my face because that's just my niche that I follow. I did talk to outside friends that do feel like this time just tends to be over salesy because it's people that don't always share affiliate links that try to push them because of the sale. Either way, to each their own and I'm always up for finding a good deal! Hope you all have a great weekend!

  4. I know one person who always buys alll the deals, whether she needs them or not. Otherwise people can mostly control themselves! I'm hoping the two n sale items I want are available today!

  5. I find it so interesting that people have mentioned peer pressure - we're all adults making our decisions about money and things we buy! I'm with you! I was really happy with my amazon prime day purchases...still waiting for some to arrive! Have a great weekend! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. Your memes are the best and I loved you run down on the natural deodorants. I've considered trying them, but I think my experience would be much like yours and #aintnobodygottimeforthat.

  7. I had the same struggle with natural deodorant! One brand I tried (Schmidts) gave me a terrible rash and really painful swollen lymph nodes in my armpits.. it took WEEKS for them to go away and I had to go back to normal deodorant while I was healing. I'm now trying a magnesium based one... but I'm at that kinda wet-kinda smelly stage with that one... so I don't know if I just try and deal or just go back to the good ol' aluminum kind... my OB/GYN who I love and trust very much told me there isn't strong evidence that normal deodorant causes any harm so I just remind myself of that if I ever feel anxious about it. :-)

  8. So my hairstylist told me about her natural deodorant saga as well. I have been trying to use natural as well and I just can't seem to get used to it. So in an effort to do better, she told me to try using my natural one and then one swipe of the antiperspirant one (aluminum filled). That way I am trying to be more natural but still have coverage. So far it has been working better. It is the best I can do for now. Love the cami on you. Glad you mentioned that it was not as long since I have a long torso and was going to try to order it today.

  9. I don't know where in GA you are, so I don't know if you have a Lush Cosmetics in your area (they definitely have locations in ATL), but if you do I recommend trying their deodorant. All of their products are natural and cruelty-free and most are also vegan. Their shampoo bars changed my life haha I recommend T'eo but there area few other deodorants and the website does a good job of describing them all :)

  10. I had to give up on natural deodorant because it keeps giving me what looks like the chicken pox under my arms. Amen, we need to practice self control and not hate on others when they post. I charge everything, but keep track of it like a debit card. Love that leopard cami, it was sold out when I got to it, boo! Enjoy your weekend!

  11. Is the backlash coming from non-bloggers? I don't understand the negativity because if you don't like what someone is blogging about, then don't follow them--especially if following them makes you feel like you have to buy something you can't afford. Ugh, that's what's wrong with society today--people always place the blame on others when it's really themselves!!! And like you, Dustin and I only buy what we can afford....not what we may want at the moment. That's life! Okay, enough ranting ha! And I use that Degree deodorant and it really works!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  12. I agree with you about the sale - lots of bloggers I know have been sharing sales this week, but I've been avoiding the sales as I'm doing no buy July, haha! It's easy to avoid when you set your mind to it.

    I do like that twist front tee you got though!

    Hope that you are having a great weekend :)

    Away From Blue

    1. Oh wow, a no buy July would be so hard since Amazon Prime Day is right in the middle of it! That's awesome that you are sticking with it, though! And thank you! I hope you had a great weekend, too!


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