5 Awesome Disney Souvenirs (and 5 Not Worth Your Money)

Disney world: it’s fun, it’s magical, and… it’s expensive! Parents save and save just to get their kids there. Then you finally set foot inside the parks, and the kids have the audacity to ask for MORE! The reason? There are fun and exciting toys and souvenirs around every corner! The kids don’t stand a chance against the genius of Disney marketing. The key is to figure out which Disney souvenirs to buy and which to skip (or buy ahead of time for a better price!)

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5 Awesome Disney Souvenirs

1. Make your own light saber

A huge hit with all the Star Wars fans visiting Disney World! The price varies depending on how elaborate you want to get, with the simplest single blade design selling for about $25 and the most elaborate double blade designs (like Kylo Ren) going for around $45. There are several locations in WDW where you can make your own saber. Tatooine Traders in Hollywood Studios can be very busy since it attracts most of the Star Wars crowd, so check out Once Upon a Toy at Disney Springs for the same experience with a shorter line. Another cool option is the Build a Droid available at the same locations for about $15.

Here is a fun video showing the process:

2. Photo Autograph Book

This is an easy and inexpensive way to capture the memories of meeting Disney characters. Instead of just getting the basic autograph book for characters to sign, buy one with slots to put photographs in. Then when you meet a character, snap a photo of the kids (or yourself, who am I to judge?) with the characters to put in the book alongside the autograph. We actually filled two books with all the characters we met on our last trip, so we did one for just princesses and one with all other characters.

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My kids ADORE looking through these! It helps to preserve their memories of the trip too. (Have I ever mentioned how I can’t stand it when people say not to take young kids to Disney World because they won’t remember it?)

3. Silhouettes

Ok this one isn’t exactly the most Disney-esque of all Disney souvenirs, but it is probably the best bargain around for a truly lovely keepsake. For only $10 per person you get TWO portrait silhouettes (the way they are cut leaves you with two copies, one facing left and one facing right). They are done extremely quickly! We were in awe watching the process, and even our toddler was able to sit long enough to get hers done. It was shocking to me how wonderful they came out. They captured our children’s profile at that age perfectly. I absolutely cherish these silhouettes!

The carts selling silhouettes are stationed in several locations throughout WDW. We did ours in Liberty Square because we weren’t able to find the one on Main Street near Town Square (maybe the artist was missing that day?). You can also get them done in Disney Springs and sometimes in the France pavilion at Epcot.

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Silhouette Cart in Magic Kingdom (photo credit: touringplans.com)

HOT TIP ALERT! Learn from my mistake and make sure to bring cash or credit card with you when you get these done! We are so accustomed to just putting all expenses on our Magic Bands when we’re in WDW that we don’t even bring a wallet to the parks. But the silhouette makers are considered independent contractors and can not accept Magic Bands! I almost had to run all the way back to our hotel to get money after we had ours made, but luckily I was able to recite my credit card number for memory and they ran the transaction by typing it in.

My husband was a little alarmed by my ability to recite my entire credit card number, but that’s another story for another day 😜

4. Personalized Mickey Ears

The most classic of all Disney Souvenirs has got to be the Mickey Mouse ear hat. Go with the classic or pick your favorite character: Buzz Lightyear, Piglet, R2-D2, and tons more. They have sparkly Minnie Mouse ears attached to a headband, an ear hat with a bride’s vail attached, and even light up ears that change color to the beat of the fireworks music. Prices range from $15-$25 depending on the style you choose.

Disney Souvenirs Mickey Ear Hats

While these may not be the most practical choice for theme park attire, there is just something special about a kid wearing them on their first trip to Walt Disney World. And it makes for all kinds of iconic photo ops.

One way to make these extra special is to have them embroidered with your child’s name on the back. Choose your font and stiching color, and within the hour your Mickey ears will have their owner’s name on them for only $3. You can also add two lines of text for $7.

Disney souvenirs embroidered Mickey ear hat

You can get your Mickey ear hat embroidered at The Chapeau on Main Street of Magic Kingdom or at Disney’s Wonderful World of Memories in Disney Springs. If you want to order them ahead of time for your trip, you can order them through Disney Floral and Gifts.

5. Pressed Pennies

All over the parks, restaurants, and Disney hotels you will see pressed penny machines. Normally this is the kind of thing I try to steer clear of, but when traveling to Disney World with small children it’s one of those tools to keep in your arsenal. When there is downtime, things like this are a great distraction for kids and they get SUPER excited about it.

Here is the book we use to store them in:

Disney souvenirs pressed penny book

They love going back and inspecting each one to see the different characters and rides on them.

Disney Souvenirs pressed pennies

5 Disney Souvenirs Not Worth Your Money

1. Mickey balloon

I feel like such a Disney grinch saying this, but I just can’t bring myself to spend $12 on a souvenir that won’t even survive the duration of the trip. While they will delight your kids for a moment, they will likely drift into the sky minutes later causing a flood of tears. Best case scenario, they end up tied to a stroller that gets parked somewhere for the day while you go on rides.

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HOT TIP ALERT! If you are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge, they do not allow balloons of any kind on the premises. They are hazardous to the animals on property. Avoid disappointment if you are staying there and don’t try to bring one back to your room!

2. Princess dolls

For the 12 inch (Barbie size) Disney Princess dolls, buying in the parks will cost you around $20. The same dolls are sold at any Disney Store nation wide for $10 when you buy two or more. Delight your kids by taking that same $20 and buying two at home before you leave for your trip and surprise them when you get there 😃

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3. Princess dress up dresses

One thing every little girl wants to do in Disney World is Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Girls get princess makeovers with hair, nails, and shimmering makeup by cast members called “Fairy Godmothers-In-Training”. The basic package costs a hefty $65 for the experience lasting 30 minutes to an hour. If you want the package that includes a new princess dress, it will set you back $200!

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Photo credit: disneyworld.disney.go.com

My advice would be to buy a dress elsewhere and stick to the basic package. Disney store, JCPenney, Amazon, Etsy, etc all have similar dresses. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a special experience due to the interaction with cast members and feeling of being pampered. It really doesn’t matter much where the dress comes from.

FYI: Without considering BBB, just to buy the dress alone that they sell in the parks goes for $70. This dress is considered “deluxe” meaning it is a bit more ornate than the regular Disney store dresses. But I truly don’t think most kids would notice the difference between that and the $45 Disney store dress that is still shiny, sequined, and has the Disney label.

4. Light up Toys

When the sun goes down in Walt Disney World, the light up toys come out. Glowing swords, necklaces, spin toys, etc are everywhere you look. Of course every kid will want one and of course they are way overpriced. I have fallen for this one before but then I got smart and came equipped with this:

Disney souvenirs light up toy

Light Up Galaxy Spinner with Flashing LED Lights

The kids were enthralled and I spent $7 on it. WIN!

Amazon also has a light up princess wand that would do the trick:


Light Up Princess Wand

Then when it breaks or gets lost in an hour, it doesn’t ruin your night 👍

5. Large stuffed animals

Please try to talk your kids out of buying a big stuffed animal in Disney World. First of all, you can get them anywhere. Choose a souvenir that is more unique to the Disney parks. Secondly, what are you going to do with the thing while you walk around the park and go on rides all day??? Yes, Disney has thought of everything so they do offer the service of holding it for you or sending it back to your room. BUT, how many kids are going to be ok with shipping off the giant Mickey they just talked you into buying? Then you know who is going to end up carrying it around… MOM!

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Don’t be stuck carrying these guys around

What are some of YOUR favorite Disney souvenirs?

Parenting funnies: Reasons my 4 year old has woken me up at night

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You know how kids can be so annoying and so exhausting, you have to laugh about it in order to deal with how insane it is?

That’s where I am right now with my 4 year old waking me up at night. For the most absurd reasons.

My kid isn’t like most little kids who rotate between the “drink of water” and “need to go potty” requests all night long. She prefers to torture me more creatively.

Reasons my 4 year old has woken me up at night:

  1. To ask me if I’m sleeping.
  2. She needs a bandaid for an invisible boo boo.
  3. Her pajamas have a tag that suddenly became itchy.
  4. To ask me why she can say “Mario” but she can’t say “Luh-lee-gee”.
  5. (15 mins later) Just letting me know that Mario wears red and “Luh-lee-gee” wears green and did I know those are Christmas colors?
  6. Checking to see if I remembered that a long, long, long, LONG time ago, she watched Frosty the Snowman.
  7. To ask if it is anybody’s birthday tomorrow.
  8. To ask how many days there are until her birthday.
  9. Screaming, terrified because she is sure she saw one of her stuffed animals move.
  10. (10 mins later) This time she’s not sure if it moved, but she wants me to get it out of her room anyway.
  11. Asks, “if sunscreen smells like bananas does that mean it tastes like bananas?”
  12. To have me dispose of a hangnail that she peeled off.
  13. She wanted me to tell her again what my name was before my name was Mommy.
  14. To let me know that she plans on swimming in the deep water when she’s 5. Or maybe 10. But she thinks 5.
  15. To ask if she will be getting the treat I’ve bribed her with as a reward for not waking me up in the night.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure she doesn’t understand how that bribe is supposed to work 🙄

What ridiculous reasons have your kids had for waking you up in the night? Share your parenting funnies with a comment!

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Ask Me Anything: How I Survived Domestic Violence

Ask Me Anything: How I Survived Domestic Violence

Ask Me Anything is a collaborative series featuring individuals and families that are facing challenges or are unique in some way. People can ask them anything they’d like to know about their story as long as it’s respectful.

The goal of this series is for people to gain a better understanding of those in unique situations. Open communication is key to understanding one another. If you would like to be featured in a future post, email me at caitlin@realmomrecs.com.

Other topics in this series include:

Postpartum Depression

Transracial Adoption

Creating a family using donor eggs

This post was written by guest blogger Elizabeth Brico of Betty’s Battleground

RealMomRecs Ask Me Anything: How I Survived Domestic Violence

How did you find yourself in an abusive relationship?

Looking back, I was clearly groomed. My abuser was seven years older than me, which is a lot when you’re a teenager. I was experimenting with drugs and knew him from that world. He was a meth addict and for a while I just thought of him that way: as this eccentric tweaker that I found interesting and I remember wanting to interview him to write a play about him or something. But he pressured me into trying meth when I was fifteen and then just totally messed with my mind until I thought I was in love with him. There were a lot of warning signs. He actually once admitted to raping a woman, but I was so naive I thought he was telling an odd joke I didn’t get.
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An impressionable teen at 15
By the time we started dating, there were a lot of indicators of abuse. He’d say really cruel things. He would disappear for days; I would hear rumors that he was cheating on me, once with a thirteen year old girl. I would hear rumors that he had done really terrible things to other girls and women, but I was so in love with him, I just couldn’t believe it. When he pushed me, I rationalized it. When he finally started hitting me and strangling me, I was too in shock. I had never been treated that way before and I didn’t know what to do. So I just…stayed. I mean I would leave him, but then he would beg me to come back and all I wanted, at that time, was for him to change and accept my love and love me back. So I followed my hope instead of what reality was actually showing me.

What factor finally influenced your decision that you had to escape the toxic relationship? How were you finally able to get out?

I actually wrote an entire blog post that goes into the details of this, but the short answer is: my son. My son was born after I had been with this guy for four years. We stayed together for a few months, but when my son was a couple months old, his father randomly flew to Japan-without telling me-to visit his 5 year old daughter for the first time. He tried to say he was just being a good dad, but what about the newborn infant he abandoned without a word? Anyway, when he got back he relapsed and became really violent again. On one occasion, he almost killed both my son and I, and it made me realize that there was no way out. My son was going to end up dead or harmed unless I got this guy out of our lives. I turned my ex in, and he was sentenced to five years in prison.

What did you learn about yourself from this situation?

Well, I suppose in terms of positive attributes I have gained, empathy for others is the biggest one. I used to be really judgmental of people who did things differently than I thought I would. But the truth is, you never know what you would do in a given situation unless you’re in it, and the truth will often surprise you. I also learned that I am stronger and more resilient than I thought. I can sure take a beating. And I have a hard skull. Literally. I have had my head repeatedly punched in to pavement and turned out okay.
In all honesty, this experience left me really damaged. I have PTSD from this, and every day I have to combat feelings of deep hopelessness and depression. I have survived more than one suicide attempt, and I struggle almost daily to remind myself that I do have a reason to live. Trauma like this gets trapped in the body, so it’s really sad to know that I will, for the rest of my life, live in a body that has been brutally abused. There are some abuse survivors who say that even though their abuse was terrible, they wouldn’t change anything about their past because it helped shape them and they love themselves. I don’t feel that way. There are some days when I suppose I do, but I really hate having PTSD. I really hate living in this body, and it’s nothing to do with how it looks, but how it feels.

How do you feel your situation affected your children?  Do you fear they might repeat the cycle of being in abusive relationship themselves?

Only my eldest child, my son, was fathered by my abuser. My daughters are both my husband’s and never witnessed any of that stuff. My son was so young, 8 months old, when his father got out of his life, that I’m sure he doesn’t remember any of it. Last year, my abuser re-entered my life by first establishing paternity and then filing a custody suit, but last week he dropped it. I hope that’s permanent. I think that yes, he could influence my son to be an abusive person, if he were allowed back into his life.
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My son and I
My son, however, has severe autism. He is totally non-verbal, still in diapers at age 9, and has developmental and cognitive delays. The cause of autism is still unknown, but new science is pretty certain it’s a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Now, which environmental factors caused my son’s autism is impossible to know. I was on anti-depressants for the first month or so of my pregnancy, and those have been potentially tied to autism. I was prescribed them to combat the depression I was feeling due to being abused. My ex also abused me while I was pregnant, pretty viciously. Prenatal trauma has been hypothesized to be a factor in the development of autism. He also physically and sexually abused me in front of our infant son. There’s not a whole lot known about the effects of trauma during early infancy, but childhood trauma can have some devastating side-effects. I do believe that the things my ex did at least contributed to the severity of my son’s autism, if they didn’t cause it altogether.

How has PTSD influenced the way you raise your children?

PTSD made me incapable of raising my son. I was diagnosed with PTSD around the same time he was diagnosed with autism. I had already been struggling and needing a lot of help before then, but it became clear that we both needed a lot of care and support and I wasn’t going to be able to give him his best chance at life so I put him in the care of family. He’s been in my custody legally, but due to my ex’s recent custody suit, my mom is now filing for third party custody. My husband and I do hope to take him to live with us one day, but it’s a really complicated situation and this custody suit made it a lot worse.
I was addicted to drugs for a while, before I got pregnant with my older daughter. I had a lot of guilt and shame about that, but have since learned it was an instinctual way of self-medicating my hyperaroused nervous system, which was that way because of PTSD. Even though I am clean now, I am still struggling to fix my financial situation and learn healthy ways to relax and deal with triggers.
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My daughter and I
My PTSD symptoms mean I get depressed often and anger easily. Having my abuser come back into my life caused a resurgence in a  lot of the symptoms I had thought resolved. I am now on medication to prevent myself from having PTSD nightmares, which are far worse and scarier than regular nightmares. Sometimes it’s hard for me to focus because I dissociate. I am often afraid to go outside, which affects my kids sometimes. Making phone calls induces a lot of anxiety within me, which is problematic if I need to set an appointment or something. I have to really prioritize self-care. My daughters don’t always understand why my “me time” is important, but if I didn’t take it, I would have a break down and probably end up attempting suicide. I did attempt suicide last year, on my birthday, which is also the anniversary of an especially bad assault. I was away in a psych ward for a few days afterward. My daughters show concern now when they hear sirens; the older one asks sometimes if they are going to come take me away. I am sorry for that, though I try my best not to blame myself because it’s not my fault that I have PTSD. I think I am going to have my older daughter go to some kind of therapy soon so that it hopefully doesn’t affect her later in life.
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Just being Mama
On the plus side, I am more caring and empathetic. Although I have to fight the urge to snap, I understand that place of deep rage and disappointment that causes them to throw fits, and when you understand something, you are better able to help ease it. I also display strength and courage daily, and I know how important it is to promote my daughters’ self-esteem. Honestly, I think the positives will manifest more when they are teenagers, because I’ll be (hopefully) better able to deal with the catastrophes that teenage girls get into.

How does your past relationship and your PTSD affect your everyday life?

I am less trusting. It is hard for me to get close to people. My husband often complains that I’m not affectionate enough, but it just doesn’t come naturally to me anymore. I am anxious often; I can’t work a conventional job. My self-esteem is terrible, which affects everything. Sex does nothing for me, which my husband hates. When we first met, I was still using, and the drugs helped fix whatever is wrong with my system so that I really did enjoy sex. Now he blames himself, and I have to keep reminding him that my body is numb. I am dissociated; I can’t feel anything. My ex raped me on numerous occasions, so sex often causes mild flashbacks. I love my husband and I want to make him happy. But I just can’t get into it anymore. I’m hoping therapy will eventually fix that.
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Just married!
My friendships have suffered. I can be quick to anger and quick to take offense, and if the other person doesn’t actively try to repair the friendship after a fight, then the friendship ends. My self-esteem is so terrible that I feel like everyone is better off without me. Honestly, I feel subhuman on a regular basis. PTSD is a lonely, shaken existence.

How are you planning to move on/move forward in life?

I go to regular therapy: weekly individual counseling and a weekly peer support group. Blogging about my trauma and experiences with PTSD has also helped me get some of it out of my body and head, and also to connect with others. Writing has always been a big part of my life. It is my big dream, and what I got my education in. I still hope to become a successful, published author. I’ve been trying to write a fantasy trilogy for close to a decade, but recently realized that maybe I need to get a trauma narrative out of me first. Maybe that’s the blockage that is preventing me from writing this thing, and if I write a memoir or some kind of trauma narrative first, even if I never publish it, maybe then I will be able to write my novels.
Also, I recently started writing a play and that has brought a feeling of life back to me that I had actually forgotten was possible. I love the theatre; I recently got to see my favorite play again (Sam Mendes’ production of Cabaret) and it sparked me in a way nothing has in a while.

What would you like people who don’t have any understanding of what you went through to know?

Domestic violence is incredibly complex. Nobody expects it, and facing it is harder than you will ever imagine. Leaving your abuser means facing what happened to you. It means potentially developing PTSD, which you only get once the trauma ends. There are often other factors as well. Don’t judge people for staying, and if you know someone who is being abused, don’t try to shame or guilt her into leaving because it will have the opposite effect. Negative reinforcement does not work; she’s already getting that from her abuser.
 
As for PTSD: it never goes away. Never. It can be treated; symptoms can be reduced, but it will never be cured. A person who has PTSD will always be traumatized so please don’t tell or expect her to “get over it.” If you “detox” someone for being negative due to PTSD, you are committing a cruelty that will harm her more than you will ever know.
 

What advice would you give to someone in the same situation?

If you are being abused, you need to first leave. As scary a prospect as it is, it really is the best and most important thing.
There is an app called “Aspire News” that disguises as a regular news site but has DV resources: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.collectiveray.aspire&hl=en You can also call 211 or visit their website to find local shelters and resources if you are in the United States.  211.org  If you follow @PixelProject on Twitter (or just check out their page) they tweet worldwide DV and sexual assault survivor resources every day. You can also tell your doctor and he or she should be able to help you.
It is scary as hell- there’s no doubt about that. But you cannot start healing until you leave.
Once you have left, you need to reach out for support. Professional support, like therapy, but also the support of family and friends. Even if you’ve been estranged due to abuse, if you explain what was happening, there are people who will help. If you truly have no one, then please go to a peer support group and therapy.
I wrote a guest post about self-care specifically targeted for abuse survivors, which you can read here: https://www.makeit218.com/blog/2017/4/26/8-self-care-techniques-to-heal-after-abuse. It is really, really important that you get professional AND personal support. PTSD develops when a person experiences trauma and does not get enough support afterward. You can prevent it by accessing support. If you do get it, aversion to therapy is a symptom- but fight it. Fight it and go to therapy because symptomatic remission is possible. 
 

About the guest blogger

How I Survived Domestic AbuseElizabeth Brico is a freelance writer, playwright, poet, blogger, and DV survivor who writes about living and parenting with PTSD on her blog Betty’s Battleground. She hosts a mental health link library on her blog, which opens for new links with a new theme biweekly, so if check out “Off-Fridays” if you write about topics related to mental health and mental illness. When she’s not actively momming or blogging, Elizabeth can usually be found writing, reading, or watching speculative fiction. You can follow her on Twitter: @bettymama206 and Facebook: facebook.com/bettysbattleground

25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

A compilation of some of my favorite quotes that will make you smile!

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

So far you’ve survived 100% of your worst days.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

It’s only embarrassing if you’re embarrassed.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

If you like people who do stupid shit all the time, become a parent. -Kelly Oxford

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

I wonder what my dog named me?

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

There are only 3 things women need in life: food, water, and compliments. -Chris Rock

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

When you drink alcohol you are just borrowing happiness from tomorrow.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. – Ellen DeGeneres

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Next year, you’ll wish you had started today.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

I have enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life; if I die next Tuesday.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

“Go to bed, you’ll feel better in the morning” is the human version of “Did you turn it off and turn it back on again?”

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Create a life you don’t need a vacation from.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

I wonder if my dog always follows me into the bathroom when I have to go potty because I always follow him outside when he does and he just thinks that’s how it works.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food. – W. C. Fields

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Parenting offers the unique experience of realizing you’re already late for something that doesn’t start for 4 hours. -Simon Holland

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Never miss a good chance to shut up. – Will Rogers

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade… and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. -Ron White

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Wear a smile and have friends, wear a scowl and have wrinkles.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me. – Fred Allen

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

When people tell me, “you’re going to regret that in the morning”, I sleep until noon because I’m a problem solver.

RealMomRecs 25 Quotes That Will Make You Smile

Just remember, if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.

 

 

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Don’t miss out on Amazon Prime Day- even if you don’t have Prime!

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I’m sure you’ve heard about Amazon Prime Day, touted as having more deals than Black Friday. The deals start TONIGHT at 9pm ET (Monday, July 10) and go all day Tuesday, July 11.

Deals to watch for:

There will be deals on all Amazon devices so if you’ve been eyeing something, this will be your time to buy!

Fire tablets

The kids edition of this tablet has everything you need for kids:

-a kid-proof case (pick blue, pink, or yellow)

-8 hour battery life (take it on those long car rides!)

-16 GB of storage

-1 year of FreeTime Unlimited means you don’t have to pay extra for apps! You have access to 15,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more

Best of all, a 2 year worry-free guarantee! If your kids break it, just return it and they will replace it for free. NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

Amazon Echo

I got this for my husband at Christmastime and I swear it’s the only gift I’ve ever gotten him that he actually uses and likes!

“Alexa, what’s the weather today?”

“Alexa, how is the traffic in Baltimore?”

Or, “Alexa, play Jimmy Buffet.”

He says Alexa is the only girl in his life who always listens and never talks back 😆

We keep ours in the kitchen to play music while we cook. That is also a handy place for her because you can add any ingredients you run out of your shopping list, or just order more off Amazon right from Alexa!

Fire TV / Fire TV Stick

Get the latest streaming device to access Netflix, Amazon video, Hulu, and more. Launch content with the Alexa voice remote!

This looks so cool, I think it will be our next Amazon purchase. It’s a best-seller so I’m expecting a hot deal for Prime Day.

Other deals from last year’s Prime Day included TVs, electronics, home good, school supplies, and computers. Be sure to check the deals throughout the day if you’re in the market for any of these.

Tips and tricks: Make a Wish List

I’m a big believer in not buying things just because they’re on sale. One trick I use to keep me on track with Amazon is to make a wish list ahead of time of items I’m already planning to buy. Then once Prime Day starts, I can check my wish list to see if the price has dropped.

HOT TIP: How to get in on Prime Day without paying for Prime!

Want to take advantage of Prime Day but don’t want to cough up the annual fee to become a Prime member?  Sign up for a 30 day free trial and just use it for Prime Day! Or, use it all 30 days and set a reminder on your phone to cancel it once the 30 days are up.

Why we love being Prime members

Don’t be surprised if you don’t want to cancel after 30 days. Amazon Prime is so convenient, especially for Moms who don’t want to drag all the kids to the store every time you need to pick up a birthday present for your kid’s friend or a mildew-proof shower curtain.

I’m so used to 2-day shipping now I get annoyed when I shop online elsewhere and have to wait a week for it to arrive!

We also do subscribe and save for diapers and wipes so I don’t ever run into that panic of realizing you’re all out!

Other Amazon deals for Moms:

Hope you all score some hot deals this Prime Day July 10-11!

Don't Miss Out on Amazon Prime Day (even if you don't have prime!)