Amazon Baby “Welcome Box” Joke

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Dear Amazon.com,

I’m glad I registered for baby products on your site for my upcoming baby shower. I look forward to the discount that comes with completing purchases of anything not purchased after the shower and yes, I’ll probably sign up for your credit card for just that one purchase when I do buy everything that’s left over to save even more money, but I have one very sincere question and comment I’d like to make on your magical “Welcome Box” for baby:

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For those of you who aren’t familiar with the “Welcome Box” it’s a marketing tool meant to share new baby products with new moms and let’s not deny it – sell those products to us on a regular basis for forever future use. It’s not a bad idea. I would do it too. Everyone loves free stuff and you never know when a product might change someone’s life, or become their new favorite go-to. As a fellow marketer myself, I applaud this idea, but, again the but is why we’re all here today: to receive this lovely free gift valued at $35 (not bad for “free”) why in the world am I required to sign up for Amazon Prime first, to qualify for this advertisement box?

I mean I could understand a shipping and handling fee, $5, nbd, I could deal with that. The products are already free, I could spare some change to get them from Seattle – but requiring me to pay $99 to subscribe to a whole year of Amazon Prime for access to a $35 Welcome Box? Gimme a break! I mean besides that fact that it’s valued at $35 and you’re giving me a $35 return on this experience, which “ok” I guess you could say that means my Amazon Prime membership is essentially only $64 in the end ($99 – $35 = $64) I still have no idea what’s really going to show up in this deal of a box. Maybe wipes? A binkee? Lotion? Keyword “MAYBE” as the page connected to “What’s in the box?” clearly states: “Welcome Box customers received samples of some of these products. Actual contents vary depending on availability.” and I’ll just stop there.

Ultimately I’d just like other women to know that this Welcome Box is a joke and that you have sincerely offended me by not only offering it, but by charging me $99 for it with your Amazon Prime sign up requirement to even receive it. I pity the many, many foolish consumers who have already fallen for this ruse.

Will I keep shopping with Amazon.com? Yeah, I will. I like great deals and getting mail.

Am I embarrassed for your marketing department and still offended by this experience? Yes sirs (as I don’t believe one of my fellow sisters would try to pull this one).

Warm Regards,

New Mom

 

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PacaCorg Ranch – A Bed & Breakfast.

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Alex and I have decided to open a Bed & Breakfast in the near future. It will take time and patience to get there but that’s all the more time and patience to research, prepare, plan and Pinterest. We’ve started with the unique idea of a Bed & Breakfast that caters to furry family members as well as people (pets will be allowed) and includes the experience of living on an Alpaca/Corgi farm with the option of even adopting a furry Corgi pal on the way out.

It sounds ridiculous at first but let me paint a picture for you:

Imagine a modern and comfy cabin in the rolling hills of the Wasatch Mountains, perhaps near a lake, with a log style fence and a small green pasture full of humming, long-necked critters: Alpacas. In the dog run near the side of cabin might be the latest litter of corgi pups hopping about and squeaking after their fluffy mum (who only births one liter a year) while two other adult corgs rest on the porch under a swing. They’re friendly pups who look up at you with a smile as you knock on the front door to check in. A cheery faced Panamanian girl opens the door with a big grin and welcomes you to the front desk where you sign into your perhaps color coded getaway of choice.

The key to the “Green Room” is your hands as you walk up steps and open a door to a cheery bright room with tasteful green accents. The smell of fresh, hand made mint soap wafts in the air mixed with the scent of dark chocolate and perhaps coffee or your preferred hot beverage of choice brewing in the background. The tub is maybe garnished with a jar of fresh rose petals (specially ordered of course) or maybe some luxurious massage oils and the softest robes you’ve ever felt.

You open the wardrobe to stow away your luggage and notice a pretty antique clipboard on the wall with a breakfast menu and a pencil attached to mark off your order. Maybe you’ll have Eggs Benedict with a side of bacon? Or instead, a bowl of steaming, steel cut oatmeal toped with fresh raspberries and honey? Donuts? (you might be planning to jump into that lake first thing tomorrow and breakfast is the last thing on your to-do list). You make your choice and leave the clipboard on the hook outside your door in the hallway and proceed back downstairs to the guest living room where people are playing checkers, knitting, and mapping out their excursions for the weekend.

A flyer on the coffee table lists off the farm’s activities for those wanting to spend the day “in”, while a bulletin board near the back screen door lists additional events and rentals available in the area. You skim the flyer:

~ Spinning Demonstration ~

~ Weaving Demonstration ~

~ Corgi Agility Racing ~

~ Alpaca Petting Zoo ~

~ Dog Training Workshops ~

And consider signing up for a “Picnic in the Pasture” with your beloved who will be coming to meet you soon…but ultimately find yourself giving in to the cuddly angora cat who’s made her way into your lap and is purring louder than the rumbling of your stomach. Is it dinner yet? Are those fresh cookies you smell?

I’ll stop there, but you get the idea and don’t deny that now you’re hooked. You’re excited. You can’t wait to book your first reservation!! Well don’t worry my friend, we’ll keep you updated. For now enjoy the following posts as we prepare for opening day. Give us a couple years. I promise you won’t regret it.

What do you love about Bed & Breakfasts? Tell me in the comments!

 

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Tree Stump Floor Pillows & Totoro

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tree stump pillow collage

Everyone has been asking if I’m pregnant and it’s cracking me up. The answer is no, but I have been planning a Totoro’s forest themed baby nursery. It’s neutral, whimsical and adventurous! Below are some collages of my Pinterest pins because I know you want to peruse them. Totoro is my favorite Hayao Miyazaki film about a spirit animal who befriends a couple of sisters. It’s super sweet and if you haven’t seen it yet, I definitely recommend it. The tree stump floor pillow comes in at $80 a pop which is ridiculous so I recently purchased the bark patterned fabric to the left and plan on getting started next week. Wish me luck!
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Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes #eatingvegan

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creamy vegan pastaI don’t know what cooking vegan would be like without almond milk and it’s the number one ingredient that makes this dish as creamy as the Minimalist Baker describes it. I only have one recommendation for this recipe and that’s trusting her when she says “add a healthy pinch of salt” and going out and getting some shallots. We didn’t have any in the house so I added more garlic, which wasn’t bad, but I think some shallots would have added more to the flavor.

This meal was quick, easy and delicious. Try it yourself here.

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Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup #eatingvegan

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Trying vegan recipes is pretty much changing my life and my stomach. I have to say my most favorite discovery to date is the magic of roasting tomatoes. It brings out this amazing flavor you would not believe! And for that reason alone, trying vegan or not you absolutely have to make this recipe from Ceara’s Kitchen. It truly is “the Best Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup” – with some of my own modifications of course 😉

Creamy Roasted Tomato SoupTo begin with it calls for hot sauce. #1 why? and #2 no. Totally dropped that ingredient. I also ended up not doing the bay leaves because they were hidden in my spice drawer – but I’m definitely trying them next time. The overall taste of the final soup was a bit sour so I added too much brown sugar, which in turn led me to add more salt and garlic salt because I couldn’t quite smell the garlic enough either.

Thing’s I’d do differently? Try the bay leaves, still add salt to taste, maybe one or two more garlic cloves and tripling the maple syrup over adding brown sugar.

This meal was sorely lacking in bread, which was totally my fault because I killed my yeast, but alas there’s always next time — and I can promise there will be a next time because this soup was delicious!!

 

 

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