I hate shopping for household staples. Laundry detergent? Boring! Vitamins? Sure, let me just pull my hair out first. I am always looking for ways not having to go to the store for things I don't like. Things like chocolate cake? Now, that I will make a trip for. So, where is this rant taking me? To what I consider to be my new life hack... Online shopping. Not the online shopping for the fun stuff, I mean the boring stuff, the heavy stuff, the stuff you have to go to the drug store, the health food store, and the grocery store just to get the right items that one store does not carry. I found Amazon Pantry! NO, this post is not sponsored by them. I just felt I should pass this precious info on to you.
So, here is the deal... You can go online to Amazon and make what they call a pantry box, for $5.99 they will ship up to so many pounds to your front door. I loaded mine with laundry soap, vitamins (more on that later), grains that I usually have to hit a fancy health food store to find, and drinks that usually take up my whole cart. Click and done!
Pros: I don't end up having to go to three separate stores for the exact products I like, so I save on gas. With the price of gas, that makes up for the shipping. I didn't end up buying things that I didn't need (like chocolate cake). I did not have to do the heavy lifting from the store to my home. I saved time not doing a store search. I remained in the comfort of my air-conditioned home.
Cons: Although they do have coupons online, you can probably do better on some of the pricing by coupon clipping at the regular store. You need to be diligent and search through the items to see what is on sale. I found some things cheaper and some more expensive. They did not have generic brands. I did not get a chocolate cake that should have slipped itself into my cart when I wasn't looking.
If you want to know more about the Amazon pantry, you can check out one of their current specials below the contest on our link.
I told you earlier I would tell you about the vitamins. My doctor recommended I take Fish Oil, you know that whole Omega-3 thing? Well, I did my research and found this brand called Dr. Tobias fish oil. This stuff has some of the highest ratings in independent lab tests and I found it on sale on Amazon. Score! Those went right in my pantry box. I put the link below the contest in case you are interested.
So, on to the Giveaway. ThemeTrip is sponsoring a chance to win a $50 e-card from Amazon so you can try this life hack yourself, just because we appreciate our readers. Yup! Just because. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on Aug. 10, 2014. One prize will be awarded.
As always, we must do a full disclosure on every single thing we can think of. My eyes are brown, I hate feta cheese and... Well, just make sure you read our giveaway terms and conditions on our contest or I will go on and on. Full disclosure: We are Amazon Associates, but this giveaway is in no way sponsored by Amazon. If you click on the Amazon link and actually buy from them, we are given a monetary thank you. We are not sponsored by any social network such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or where ever the newest place to visit online is. Our friends and family enter our contests, they may actually win. If we made it impossible for them to play, we would have no family or friends. BUT!! We do not choose our winner. It is randomly selected through the Random.org App. at RaffleCopter. We do not cheat! We were taught not to do that. That it is very, very bad. Are you still reading this? Awesome. Thank you. Good luck and come back daily to enter.
Congratulations Thomas M, Our $50 Amazon e-card winner! Thomas was chosen by random.org and has been notified. Thank you to everyone who entered.
ThemeTrip was excited to be chosen to review the new portable power bank charger by Wusic Tech. With as much travelling as we do and being on the go with multiple smart phones, we were excited to try out this cute little gadget.
I know I should never air my dirty laundry in public, but for this review I will. The truth is that we are a divided household, split straight down the middle between "I would never own anything but an iPhone", and "Are you crazy? Nothing beats an Android!". So, you can understand why I was thrilled this little gem could handle both phones. We needed one charger that we could take on our trips that would work for all of us. I decided on the green charger as opposed to the clean white one since I seem to forget things that are plugged in when I'm checking out of a hotel. Anything that blends in with the hotel room is left behind. So, how did my color choice work out? I love the green! It's an in-your-face lime green that refuses to be forgotten. That works for me.
Probably the most important thing you want to know, how does it work? It's pretty simple, even for someone like me who sometimes will stare at a new microwave for a while. You plug it in, charge it up, then plug your phone into it. Waa laa. Perfect for those times you overuse your available battery life, which, for me, is all of the time. Mine came in the mail fully charged, so I immediately put it to the test. I attached both phones to it. The cord that came with it worked for the Android and I used my normal charger cord for the iPhone. This is the charge time that I got...
Android: Started at a 72% charge, thirty minutes later is was at 93%, and fully charged in an hour.
IPhone: Started at 27%, thirty minutes later it was at 48%, one hour and fifteen minutes later it was at 100%.
Both were done simultaneously! The power bar on the unit started at the full four lights, at the end of the charge, it was at three light charge. Still had plenty of juice for another item. I put my iPad on it that started at 21% and an hour later it was charged to 67%. The battery was drained at that time, but I had my needed charges. Time to charge the portable power bank back up for the next time.
Dual USB to charge two devices simultaneously
7800 mAh battery capacity. External Samsung SDI Battery Core
Built in LED flash light
Good for for Iphone 4 5/C/S, Ipad Air/mini, Galaxy S3/S4/S5, Note 3, Nexus 4, HTC One,
Droid, Moto X, Ps Vita, Gopro, Most Smartphones, Tablets and Mobil USB Devices Smart MCU touch system
Pros: Cute, convenient, easy to use, keeps a charge, fits in my purse without a lot of bulk. It's slender and fits in my hand. Price is very reasonable. Love that it charges two items at once so we don't have to take turns passing something back and forth when we both lose charge at the same time.
Cons: I know I'm supposed to come up with this so let me think a minute... Well, I would say that it doesn't come with cord to for the Iphone 5, but since that pretty much goes for anything that is not made by Apple, I can't really ding it for that. There is no way a company can keep up with how they change each charge cord with every product.
Buy it: The Wusic Tech portable charger is currently on sale at http://wusictech.com/collections/power-bank
Win it: Now on to the best part! You can win one of your very own, complements of Wusic Tech. Enter the drawing by July 1, 2014. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter on July 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m Arizona time. You will be given 48 hours to accept the prize and provide your proper address for shipment so that we can provide it to Wusic by our deadline. It is your responsibility to accept the prize and provide your correct information in that time period. Please read ALL rules, terms, and condions on rafflecopter form.
Disclosure: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media outlet! #wusicpowercharger
Thank you to all who participated. C. Trader was randomly chosen by Rafflecopter's Random.org and has been notified that they are the winner of the Wusic Power Bank. Check back for other upcoming contests.
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