Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

6 Vacation Supplies You Should SHIP Instead of Pack

Vacation Envy: What’s It Really About?

The post Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods appeared first on TodaysMama.

Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods

Did you know your Amazon Prime membership has more perks than two day shipping? In addition to free videos, photo storage, music, or being on a first name basis with every one of your mail, UPS, and FedEx delivery people (an unspoken joy of my Prime addiction), Amazon just announced Prime members will save 10% on sale items at Whole Foods.

It’s a little unclear why Amazon decided to only discount the already on sale items each week, but who am I to look a gift coupon in the mouth? The program is available right now in Florida, but will be rolling out to all stores sometime this summer. We checked it out, and it’s a simple way to save while you shop. All you have to do download the Whole Foods app and scan the QR code at checkout. The app clearly displays the items on sale at your local Whole Foods, so it’s easy to plan your shopping trip and see where you can save even more.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for Prime members, select cities are also offering free 2-hour delivery. I live in New York City, aka—the land where all things are delivered directly to your door. If you’ve never experienced the joy of having someone else lug groceries around town for you, you’re going to want to get in on this. It’s magical.

 

Finally, if you have the Amazon credit card, you can get up to 5% back at Whole Foods and Amazon.com. The moral of the story here? Amazon is poised to take over the world, and is kindly bestowing extra discounts on all the little people like you and me. I’m not mad about it.

If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up here (they even have a free 30-day trial option). Learn more about the Amazon discounts at Whole Foods here.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

6 Vacation Supplies You Should SHIP Instead of Pack

Vacation Envy: What’s It Really About?

The post Amazon Prime Members Save 10% at Whole Foods appeared first on TodaysMama.

Science Says: Your Pregnancy Can Predict the Future

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we obviously all have economics on the brain…

Wait, that isn’t what you think of when you hear the word “mom”? Weird.

Because it looks like motherhood is one of the best indicators of a healthy or lagging economy—here’s why.

When people are largely happy, they get a little frisky. And life decisions like making babies and taking stock market risks are among they ways that energy gets used. So, we generally see a swell in conception at the same time we see the stock market inflate…which is great, but as the past has shown us, can also mean the opposite.

The last three major economic downturns in the U.S. were closely preceded by fewer pregnancies. You would think that people would put off conceiving once a market lull began, but it’s actually the lack of conception (among a few other factors, obviously) that predicts the recession.

Lesson learned: Mother’s Day is a day for getting busy and becoming more economically productive. Two birds with one stone, just how us moms like it.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

The Most Accurate Labor Simulation Video I’ve Ever Seen

What Home Birth Really Looks Like {30+ Incredible Pictures!}

10 Awkward & Hilarious Birth Selfies

The post Science Says: Your Pregnancy Can Predict the Future appeared first on TodaysMama.

Science Says: Your Pregnancy Can Predict the Future

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we obviously all have economics on the brain…

Wait, that isn’t what you think of when you hear the word “mom”? Weird.

Because it looks like motherhood is one of the best indicators of a healthy or lagging economy—here’s why.

When people are largely happy, they get a little frisky. And life decisions like making babies and taking stock market risks are among they ways that energy gets used. So, we generally see a swell in conception at the same time we see the stock market inflate…which is great, but as the past has shown us, can also mean the opposite.

The last three major economic downturns in the U.S. were closely preceded by fewer pregnancies. You would think that people would put off conceiving once a market lull began, but it’s actually the lack of conception (among a few other factors, obviously) that predicts the recession.

Lesson learned: Mother’s Day is a day for getting busy and becoming more economically productive. Two birds with one stone, just how us moms like it.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

The Most Accurate Labor Simulation Video I’ve Ever Seen

What Home Birth Really Looks Like {30+ Incredible Pictures!}

10 Awkward & Hilarious Birth Selfies

The post Science Says: Your Pregnancy Can Predict the Future appeared first on TodaysMama.

Science Says: Your Pregnancy Can Predict the Future

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, we obviously all have economics on the brain…

Wait, that isn’t what you think of when you hear the word “mom”? Weird.

Because it looks like motherhood is one of the best indicators of a healthy or lagging economy—here’s why.

When people are largely happy, they get a little frisky. And life decisions like making babies and taking stock market risks are among they ways that energy gets used. So, we generally see a swell in conception at the same time we see the stock market inflate…which is great, but as the past has shown us, can also mean the opposite.

The last three major economic downturns in the U.S. were closely preceded by fewer pregnancies. You would think that people would put off conceiving once a market lull began, but it’s actually the lack of conception (among a few other factors, obviously) that predicts the recession.

Lesson learned: Mother’s Day is a day for getting busy and becoming more economically productive. Two birds with one stone, just how us moms like it.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

The Most Accurate Labor Simulation Video I’ve Ever Seen

What Home Birth Really Looks Like {30+ Incredible Pictures!}

10 Awkward & Hilarious Birth Selfies

The post Science Says: Your Pregnancy Can Predict the Future appeared first on TodaysMama.

6 Signs You Might Be Bougie AF

Finding a good deal has been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember. But life has taught me not everyone feels that way. Most people like nice things — some just like them a little more than others. 

Chances are your circle has a mix of deal-chasers, dollar-spenders, and flex-spenders — folks who go back and forth. And then there are those who are bougie AF — you know, the ones who want to be fancy and would be fancy if it weren’t for that little problem called money that often gets in the way.

And if you don’t know anyone who strives for a life of luxury and style, who’ll spare no expense for the latest clothes/purse/gadget, well…then, it might just be you.

I’m not here to judge; it’s yo’ world. Spend your time and money however you like. But here are 6 signs you might bougie and/or high maintenance AF:

1. You would rather pay eight installments for layaway than buy a single non-name brand item.

So, you’re going to take eight months to own a $300 toaster when you would’ve been fine with the $20 model? What the heck do you need a $300 toaster for? Does it harvest grain and make bread from scratch? Perhaps it converts into a donut maker and shops for its own ingredients off Amazon. Now that would be worth any price.

2. The sound of the word “thrift store” burns your ears.

I might live in Goodwill, but I get it — second-hand isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But why would you borrow the money from a friend to get that $169 cardigan sweater out of that fancy catalog when you could get a cardigan from Goodwill in excellent condition? It literally still has the tag on it and costs only $6. #winning 

3. It takes you longer to get ready to go out to dinner than you actually spend at dinner.

It doesn’t matter how far in advance your friends tell you, you’re never on time because your preparation process is so detailed. I know you wanna look your best, but do you have to rewax/ shave every single time you leave the house? You’re among friends here. No one is looking at your mustache, girl. It’d be nice to make it to dinner before all of our other friends are ready to go home.

4. Family reunions and high school reunions…with those people!? Ha!

Once you left your home town, you didn’t look back. You don’t have time for shenanigans and Friday nights spent drinking off-brand soda and playing neighborhood games. Your relatives and high school friends might say, “You’ve forgotten where you came from” — and you don’t necessarily disagree with them. 

5. You prefer cabs and Uber to buses and subways.

Ok, I’m gonna be honest here. I’m not a huge fan of public transportation, either. But I do what I gotta do. Besides, just think of all the interesting people you meet on public transportation.

6. You told your spouse to try again on his date night plans.

This guy loves the hell out of you. He makes date night a priority. He makes you a priority. And you still chided him for taking you to a restaurant without cloth napkins.

Obviously, this list is a joke, but we all know that person for whom it rings like a little too true. No shame in that. Own it, girl. Go on with your bougie self. Just try not to be late to dinner next time.

Want to Buy Happiness? Science Says Fork Over $95k

The exact amount varies around the world, but according to new research, the ideal annual income as it relates to an individual’s overall life satisfaction is $95k.

Any more or any less, and you may be singing a different tune.

Data for the study was pulled from the Gallup World Poll, with over 1.7M contributing respondents from 164 countries worldwide. They found that, when judging with the criteria of overall well-being and general satisfaction in relation to life goals, as well as comparison with friends and neighbors, $95k was the sweet spot for satiation.

So, did less money correlate with less happiness? Not really! In fact, respondents reported that it only took between $60k-$70k annually to be emotionally satisfied. Great news for those of us with less, uh, cushy bank accounts. We may not be able to afford a boat like the Jones’, but I guess we’re happy about it!

What’s interesting was that the opposite was actually true: Once the $95k threshold was reached, respondents actually reported lower life satisfaction. “After the optimal point of needs is met, people may be driven by desires such as pursuing more material gains and engaging in social comparisons, which could, ironically, lower well-being.”

So, ya know, as a very wise man once said…mo’ money, mo’ problems.

 

See More at TodaysMama.com!

The Hidden Money Saving Hack for Families

11 Ways To Give Your Kids Experiences, NOT Stuff

Science Says Less Is More in Toyland

Get Ready for Grocery Delivery to Change Your Life

If I told you I could save you…

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Tremendous Mental Anguish

Would you be interested in having a chat? Okay, well pull up a chair because I have SOME KNOWLEDGE TO DROP ON YOU.

I’m sorry for the shouty caps, but this was pretty big for me. Because I pride myself on efficiency and planning. I’m a meal planner, a to-do list maker, and when the occasion calls for it, I can bust out a color-coded spreadsheet to take the planning/list making to the next level. So when something comes along that makes my life SO MUCH EASIER, I want to shout it from the rooftops.

Walmart Online Grocery Pickup. 

I know. I know. You’ve probably heard of it. You’ve probably seen the signs at your friendly neighborhood Walmart. I had too. But I’d never tried it.

But then it occurred to me…I could be doing things with my time that are FAR more useful…working, working out, shuttling kids around….the idea that I could pick up my groceries on the way home from any number of activities was a big AH-HA moment for me.

And that revelation was BURNED INTO MY BRAIN when I picked up my groceries with Walmart Online Grocery Pickup and realized that my weekly grocery shopping just took 3 minutes.

THREE MINUTES.

That’s how long, from the moment I pulled up in the pickup area to exiting the parking lot, it took to get my groceries.

Let that sink in.

Everything else was the same. I planned my meals, made my list (more on that in a minute), made the drive to and from Walmart—but I didn’t even need to get out of my car. Or shop with kids.

Look. I love my kids. So much. SO MUCH.

But grocery shopping with them…not so much. I mean, I’ve seen parents cruising through the store with several mild-mannered kids in tow. Everyone shuffling along, quietly and calmly.

Parents of these children please teach me your ways, because my kids are under the impression that grocery store aisles are long corridors that are begging for their interpretive dance performances. That the produce section is where they should wrestle. That the checkout line is the spot for asking for candy. (The answer is always no…and yet…they still ask.)

Don’t even get me started on taking kids to the grocery store when potty training…I didn’t even know I could run that fast while carrying a kid. Or that I could abandon a cart and come back to it later.

Think how nice it would be to pick up your groceries after the gym, or on the way home from work, or to be able to load up on supplies when you’ve got a houseful of sick kiddos without needing to get out of the car.

THE APP IS MY FAVORITE.

Imagine my delight when, upon feeding my dog, I realized I was running low on dog food and that I could simply add it to my Walmart Grocery app cart, and then some wonderful person would deliver it to the back of my car!

Have you ever tried to shimmy a 36lb bag of dog food onto the bottom of a grocery cart? The cart wants to roll away. It does. It’s science. And your kids will be no help during this bent-over-deadlift saga.

Here’s how to get started!

And if you get started now, use the promo code WOWFRESH for $10 off your first order.

  1. Go to Walmart.com 
  2. Pick your store.
  3. Set up your profile. (Easy.)
  4. Download the app at the same time.
  5. Start shopping.

Use the app for when you’re on the go and need to add something to your cart. Not that asking my kid to write it down on a napkin while I’m driving hasn’t been SUPER effective. (It’s hasn’t.)

You can add things to your cart over several days if you want and then select your delivery date and time frame.

You will get a message letting you know what your deadline is for making changes.

After I had placed my order, I had shifted gears and began working on some plans for my son’s upcoming birthday—he’d been very specific about wanting a Minecraft Lego set, so I clicked over to Amazon, to order a set…but then it occurred to me. Maybe Walmart had the same set? At the same great price? OF COURSE THEY DID.

Since I was still within my ample “edit” window on my order, I was able to easily update the order and include this Lego set.

I selected “9:00 AM-10:00 AM” for my pick up time and received and email and notification on my phone that my order was ready for pick up at 8:53 AM.

I was prompted to “Check In” and let them know when I was coming so they would be ready when I arrived.

When I pulled up, a lovely young lady came to my car, confirmed my name and loaded my car.

It was literally the easiest thing I’ve ever done.

The service and app will learn your favorite and you can manually “heart” certain items so you can create your own favorites list…VERY HANDY, in my opinion. Because I’m a creature of habit and once I find the best gluten free pancake mix, there is no more experimenting.

And of course the prices were amazing—especially on the gluten free and organic items that I’m accustomed to paying more for at other retailers.

Hashtag: WINNING.

Try it for yourself and get $10 off with the promo code WOWFRESH (for first time users only.) You’ll be SO HAPPY you did!

Now start thinking how you’re going to spend that time you’re going to save…

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

7 Brilliant Ways to Find Cheap Flights

For the seasoned traveler, there’s no greater thrill than booking a cheap flight. Visits to Asia, Europe and other distant locales for a fraction of the cost—what could be better than that? Better still, doing so allows you to splurge during your actual getaway.

The best ways for families with kids to find cheap flights for their next vacation. (Flickr: Joseph De Palma)

(Flickr: Joseph De Palma)

However, when it comes to booking a family vacation, ticket prices can easily add up. With added fees and the prices of tickets for each kid, your wallet can take some serious damage. Luckily, with a little know-how, it’s easy to find cheap flights. With foresight—including scouting for sales and booking through the right airlines—you can score tickets for the whole brood. There are also some easy travel hacks, some risky and others less so, that can help you be thrifty.

Below we’ve rounded up seven ways to book on a budget. That way your next family vacation is all about spending money during your trip—not before.

 

1) Sign up for alerts and newsletters

Since the advent of online travel booking, there have been websites and newsletters dedicated to finding you cheaper ticket pricesSkyscannerKayak and more allow you to set up alerts that will tell you when a route drops in price. If you’re not looking at a specific route (yet), consider also signing up for a newsletter. Scott’s Cheap Flights is one of the best. It constantly unearths mistake fares, secretive sales and more across the globe for your next family vacation. You can even alter what the newsletter sends you by choosing which regions you want to look at. By far, this is one of the easiest ways to find cheap flights.

2) Be flexible with time…

The old adage is true: fly out of town in the middle of the week. If you can book a ticket that either returns or departs on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, you’ll pay less. Coincidentally, these are also the days you should book your tickets. Sales usually begin on a Tuesday and end on a Thursday for airlines. This is another easy way to find cheap flights.

3) …And destinations

For those looking to book a family vacation to anywhere, try being flexible with your destination. Kayak’s ‘Explore’ function can show you a whole world of flights that fit your budget. Involve the kids and make a game of it—this is by far the most fun way to find cheap flights.

4) Try different airports

There’s one tip that is oft overlooked when travelers find cheap flights. While your nearest airport might be the most convenient for you, it can pay to drive a little. This is especially true in major areas—think the Los Angeles/Orange County region, or around New York. These are spots with more than one major (or slightly smaller) airport. By choosing to utilize one a little out of the way, you can save around $100 or so a trip. While it makes taking off for your family vacation a little inconvenient, you’ll forget about it with that extra hundred.

5) Use private browsing mode

Many travelers will argue about the virtues of using private browsing mode, but it’s better safe than sorry. Airlines are known to use cookies while you browse different routes. These are used to increase prices to persuade you to buy right away before the price goes up again. By using private browsing mode, you can circumvent that problem as you try and find cheap flights.

6) Consider budget airlines

While perhaps not the most luxe way to fly, budget airlines are, well, good for your budget. Many are also consistently adding new routes, upping the chances you’ll find a great deal. Remember to always adhere to their restrictions however, as failing to follow the rules can render your cheap ticket moot. Wow Air, for example, has been trending lately thanks to their budget flights to hot destinations like Iceland.

7) Use a travel agent

The old school option. Travel agents still have access deals the average traveler simply doesn’t have. They have established relationships in the travel industry and can get you a great deal. And unlike with many other tips to find cheap flights, you can rest assured knowing you’re in good hands. There will be no hidden fees or restrictions you have to adhere to. All of this makes using an agent ideal for booking a family vacation.

 

Ashley Burnett contributed this to MiniTime.

 

More from MiniTime:

Best Family-Friendly Airlines, According to Family Travel Experts

Hotels With the Coolest Kids’ Amenities

How to Stay Exceptionally Connected While Traveling

10 Filming Locations of Your Teens’ Favorite Shows

Want Alexa to do your laundry? Now she can!

Alexa can tell you what the weather will be, play your favorite song, schedule calendar events, and now she’ll be able to do your laundry!

Sears just recently signed a deal with Amazon and announced they plan to sell Kenmore-branded appliances on Amazon.com.  Sears also said Kenmore Smart appliances will be integrated with Amazon’s Alexa platform.

“The launch of Kenmore products on Amazon.com will significantly expand the distribution and availability of the Kenmore brand in the U.S.,” Sears CEO Eddie Lampert said in a statement.

Sears said a new “Kenmore Smart” skill for Amazon Alexa will allow customers to control their appliances — changing the temperature on an air conditioner without leaving the sofa, for example. It will be like telling your kids to do the dishes, but now it will actually get done.  Can you imagine??  I wonder if she can yell at me once it’s done and then offer me words of encouragement as I prep dinner.

“Voice is a natural interface for the smart home, so we’re thrilled that customers can now simply ask Alexa to interact with their Kenmore Smart appliances,” said Charlie Kindel, Director of Alexa Smart Home. “We’re excited that Kenmore has added Alexa functionality to these products and we think customers will love the convenience of cooling their home, starting their laundry, and more, using only their voice.”

Alexa-enabled appliances may be the start to robots taking over the world, but if they can figure out a way to clean my boys’ bathroom and fold all my laundry, I’ll gladly give up all control.  We just know the world is truly coming to an end when even robots won’t scrub pee off the bathroom floor molding.

 

See More on TodaysMama.com!

Ovens that Make Cooking Easy for the Busy Mom

Bill Gates Reveals Minimum Age for Kids to Get a Cell Phone

Why Social Media is Not Smart for Middle School Kids