13 Great Books For Teens (and Parents!)

13 Great Books For Teens (and Parents!)

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Make reading happen in your home with great books for teens!

I haven’t written a book post in awhile, and boy do I have some good ones for this post! This is a list of the books that I have read in the past few months. There are so many great books for teens and their parents! 

If you get the Parenting High Schoolers newsletter, then you know I have gone back into the classroom. I have immersed myself in young adult literature, and I am in heaven! Some of these are books that I have read for school, and others on my own. 


I recently read about a book festival that Iceland celebrates in December. It sounds like the perfect night for me! It’s called Jolabokaflod, or the “Christmas Book Flood.

This holiday happens each year and is celebrated because the people in Iceland consider a book to be the best Christmas present that they can get. Maybe it’s time to start this holiday in the US! Get one or more of these great books for teens (and you!) and cuddle up for a long winter’s night!

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Get your kids to read at home regularly.

One thing that I will say as the mother of boys and teens in particular, is that you can get them to read. Start early when they are young if possible. It will make so much difference to their future. In fact, experts say that by reading an average of five books a day to your child before they enter school, they will have a million word advantage over those kids who aren’t so blessed.

Younger kids and reading

In elementary school, there are many classroom activities for kids to keep reading. One thing that I would recommend is to set a reading time at home for all of your school age kids to read together, including parents- they need to see you reading! Make a snack, a reading fort, or any other fun addition to this activity-especially for boys, who can oftentimes be reluctant readers. 

Read to children and then find great books for teens as they get older!

Teens and reading

As your kids become tweens and teens, there are many distractions to them reading at home. Their activities increase, there is now social media to compete with, and it’s just not cool… Don’t despair! Don’t let these things change the way you are doing things in your own home. You need to stand firm against all of this to keep any sort of family time anyway, and reading should still be a priority.

Reading is the number one indicator of testing success in their future. Do your research, find books that your child/teen is interested. Give books as gifts, and hold your children in your lap for as long as they will let you for reading time-it makes the entire experience better for both you and your little one.

Read out loud to your kids/teens

You might think that reading together ends when your kids get older in middle school and high school. Here’s the thing, they might grouse about it, but they secretly LOVE it! In my middle school classroom, we start each period with our read-aloud book. They are so into it!

At first, my students complained, but guess what? I was in charge of the book I picked to read for each class. I chose high interest, complex stories, and they are very upset when we miss a day due to an assembly or some other issue. They beg me to keep reading even when our five minutes is up, and I need to actually start the lesson for the day. 

Don’t let your cool tween/teen fool you! They still love a good story, so insist upon reading aloud to teens, both at home or in your classroom, if that’s where you encounter teens. There are so many great books for teens that this shouldn’t be a problem!

How much time is enough?

Schedules are hectic, and our teens have sports, jobs, homework, you name it. Here’s the thing. This doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. Set aside five minutes each evening if that’s all you have. That’s all I can give up in my classroom, and believe me, it’s enough! If you have time, then read longer.

Just do it! You and your kids will both love the time together, and with all the great books for teens available out there, it shouldn’t be a problem. Start with a genre that you know your teen will enjoy, and expand from there. *This post may contain affiliate links. This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click the link and make a purchase.

*Here are links to other book posts that I have written… 8 Books and More for the Summer, 9 Books to Read Without Your Teen (this talks about my Cool Mom and Son book club!) and 6 Books You Should Read if You are Parenting a Teen, Best Books for Teens About Social Justice

And, here is a link to many book box subscriptions for adults and teens. There are all sorts of different themes!

Great books for teens (and parents)!

Little Fires Everywhere– Ng 

Here is a story about friendships, family, and a mystery to boot. Pearl and her mom, Mia, move to a new town, and they rent a townhouse from Elena Richardson, a seemingly perfect mom with a seemingly perfect family. 

There are four Richardson teens who are all completely different from one another, and each begin their own relationship with both Pearl and Mia. There are twists and turns throughout the story with all sorts of complications that layer on top of each other concerning all of the teens and the two mothers.

The story spirals around and around until a final event which changes everything. Hang on for a great ride. This book would be good for older teens and adults.

Great books for teens!


Unwind– Shusterman

This is the  first book in a five book dystology. The story is amazing and freaky all at the same time. It follows three teens who are scheduled for “unwinding” which is a process of using all a person’s body parts for transplant into other people’s bodies.

After the Second Civil War, where the The Bill of Life is written to make all sides happy. Children between the ages of 13 and 18 can be unwound by their parents. It’s an eerie and realistic premise for a book.

Read to find out why these kids are supposed to be unwound and what happens along the way as they try to avoid this fate. This book is twisted and I could not put it down. This is a great book for teens-and I personally cannot wait to read more of the series.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane– See

Haley has been adopted from China. She loves her family, but she wonders about her roots. Back in China, Li-yan wonders about the daughter that she gave up long ago.

Li-yan is from a back hills tribe in China, and until she is a teen, her village has never had contact with the outside world. A chain of events occurs that sends her out into that world with life-changing results. She manages to survive by her wits and knowledge of tea, which is a complex and intriguing world.

Haley comes to her American family with a tea cake as her only possession as an infant. That tea cake will influence her choices all through school and into her future.

The story follows these two characters, and the result is such a great story! Good for older teens and adults.

Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated– Arngrim

I don’t typically love memoirs, but this is a great one. I loved watching the Little House series when I was younger. To be honest, I still love an occasional rerun when I am cooking! This book is hilarious. 

The back stories that Arngrim tells about playing Nellie, being friends with Melissa Gilbert (Laura), and being enemies with Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary) is so much fun to read. Did you know that Michael Landon never wore underwear while the show was filmed? 

 She also shares stories about growing up in Hollywood, which is a whole other interesting saga. 

If you ever watched this show, especially back when it was really on t.v., you should put this on your list. Good for anyone, but more likely to be loved by those who grew up with Laura, Mary and Nellie! 

The Overstory: A Novel– Powers

This book is very different. These are a number of interwoven stories of people whose lives are connected to the trees around them. It’s a story about people, but also the way we are influenced and affected by the flora and fauna in our vicinities.

It’s really hard to explain, but you will be immediately love the people and the trees in their lives. 

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Educated: A Memoir -Westover

Wow is all I can say about this one. This was a heart-wrenching story about a young woman, Tara, who has to fight for everything she gets in her horrible life. At the age of 17, she is finally able to get herself to school. Tara has been brought up by crazy, survivalist parents, and they have completely cut her off from what we would consider the “real” world.

As a reader privileged enough to encounter this book, I realized just how blessed I was to have a “normal” upbringing, and access to school and books my whole life! Read this if you have not had the pleasure, and you will know that your life has been blessed as well. Great book for older teens and adults. 

And, what a role model this woman is for anyone who takes education for granted…

Superman: Dawnbreaker -de la Peña

I am NOT a lover of superheroes. But, I will say that this version has me reconsidering. In this modern rewrite of the classic Superman story, de la Peña creates a really believable version of Clark Kent as a high school senior. There are many familiar characters from previous versions, but some new ones as well.

Clark is coming into his powers as an older teen. Some of his powers have been around for awhile, but some are new or are gaining strength in new and unusual ways. 

There are many mysteries surrounding a mega-business in Smallville and the Mexican-American residents in the local community. As Clark and his best friend, Lana, start digging around, they get deeper and deeper into some serious trouble. This book was a fun read!

There are other new books in this series, Catwoman: Soul Stealer, Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Batman: Nightwalker which our library ordered because my students were begging our librarian. Great book for older teens and anyone who loves super heroes!

Compound -Bodeen

My non-reading middle son still says this is his favorite book that he read in junior high. I now know why. After assigning it to a group at school, I finally read it, and this was a great book for teens!

The compound is an underground shelter where a family has taken refuge from a cataclysmic event that happened six years ago. There are several things starting to go wrong, and Eli is increasingly unhappy. 

As Eli starts to question some things in their home, he begins to wonder if they are even safe in the shelter. What can he do? Is it possible to survive anywhere?

My students and I count this as a great book for teens! Here is the sequel! Good for 12+.

Code of Honor -Gratz

I could not put down this book! Gratz is an author that I see my middle schoolers read over and over in class, and now I see why! He writes a realistic version of many high tension situations.

The premise of this story is that Kamren, a senior in high school who has it all, finds out that his brother is a terrorist. He and his family find this out, along with the rest of the world while watching the news on t.v. 

As soon as this happens, Kamren’s life completely falls apart in every possible way. The one thing he knows for sure is that his brother, Darius, is innocent. He sets out to prove it which is very difficult to say the least.

Hang on for a very suspenseful and exciting ride. The obstacles that Kamren must overcome are numerous and it is difficult for him to know who to trust. The students who chose this book in my class loved it! I am in the middle of his newest book, Refugee, which is amazing so far as well. Great book for teens.

The Lost Vintage -Mah

Kate has traveled back to her family’s vineyard in France to study for the Master of Wine exam. This is a huge test based on multiple levels of wine knowledge.

Of course, she learns a lot more than info for her exam. Plus, bonus, she runs into an old flame. She also discovers an old diary while cleaning out the cellar with her cousin’s wife, who is actually an old school mate of hers.

All of this is a perfect combination to make a great read. So, grab a glass of wine and curl up by the fire and enjoy!

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The Anonymous Girl -Hendricks

I almost had to stop reading this because I got so mad. Talk about a mind twist! Jessica is trying to make extra money to help out her parents. She takes a psychological exam under false pretenses for money.

Because of her interesting answers, she becomes involved with the doctor running the test, but not in the way that you might think. I had just read The Silent Patient, which was a little much all together. 

If you like thrillers with a twist, then this is the book for you! For older teens and adults.

Walking Miss Millie -Bundy

Such a sweet story. A young girl moves south to her mother’s hometown in ’60’s. She has a younger brother who is deaf and a dad who is out of the picture that she is desperately missing. She suffers through the move, which includes finding out that her grandma isn’t well, and her mom having to get a job.

Their neighbor is an elderly woman who needs some help with her dog. A friendship begins between the neighbor woman and the girl that is funny and sweet and wonderful at once! All ages would love this!

The Silent Patient -Michaelides 

Talk about a psychological thriller. Not scary, but suspenseful and intriguing. A doctor who is interested in a patient gets the opportunity to be her psychotherapist. The one main problem with helping her is that she won’t speak. 

She has been convicted of the murder of her husband, and she is now in a home for psych criminals. There are twists and turns throughout the story. I really enjoyed this book! Great book for older teens or adults.

Enjoy reading great books for teens! Many of these books are great for anyone.

I hope that you enjoy some of these books for you and your teens. I love teaching middle school and enjoy the opportunity to help my students get to choose good books to read.

There are so many great books for teens to read, so don’t give up on trying to have a reading time at your house, even for teens. And, enjoy some time to read aloud even with your older kids!

Here is a link to many book box subscriptions for adults and teens. There are all sorts of different themes!

*Other posts about good books to read: 9 Books to Enjoy With or Without Your Teen6 Books to Read If You’re the Parent of a Teenager, 8 Books I Recommend for Great Summer Reading

And, a link to Amazon where I have an ever growing list of my favorites for teens and adults!

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What are the best subscription boxes for mom?

What are the best subscription boxes for mom?

Are you like me? Are you constantly wondering what to give your mom for her birthday? Mother’s Day? Does she already have everything? You might ask what are the best subscription boxes for mom? It depends on your mom, you, your budget, and your relationship. I give many options below so that you can pick from a variety of types, prices, and the regularity of delivery.

Almost all of them can be ordered monthly or quarterly or even just once. They are original and lovingly curated by many small business owners looking for a unique way to sell their products beyond their own backyards. 

If I had unlimited funds, I would sign up for so many of these, because what is more fun than the occasional surprise in the mail full of goodies for me? And, I can take care of all my besties, my mom, and my mother-in-law all from the comfort of my own couch!

Take a peek at the few that I have selected as options for each of these categories of gifts. There are sooooo many more, so take a look at all of these monthly subscription boxes for moms!

I chose 5-6 different “boxes” for each category for moms (and a few for dads). One category that I found later was college kids! (Look for a list of other categories at the bottom of the post.) I copied the descriptions given for each box, but added in my own opinion as well. Good luck on your gift search.

*This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Here are the Best Subscription Boxes for Mom…

Are you kids wondering what to give to you?? I have landed on the genius answer for all your woes. Subscription boxes! These are the bomb. 

best subscription boxes for mom

No More Robes!

Book Lover 

Bubbles and Books

I am not a big bath taker, but I know a lot of people in my life who are, and who would absolutely love this subscription.

Winding down at the end of the day with a steamy bath and a good book is one of life’s simplest pleasures! The Bubbles & Books box combines reading and relaxation to deliver a truly blissful bath experience. Choose your favorite book genre: Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Paranormal Romance, or Mystery/Thriller.

  • Choose contemporary, paranormal, or historical romance – or mystery/thriller books.
  • Items to expect: Bath bombs, artisan soaps, bubble baths, teas, candles, lip scrubs, whipped soaps, face masks, bath salts and so much more! Every month a surprise treat!
  • Each standard box includes: 1 paperback, 5+ romance eBooks, 3-5 luxury bath and body items
  • Each premium box includes: 2 paperbacks, 5+ romance eBooks, 5-7 luxury bath and body items
  • Gift a Bubbles & Books subscription with a single box or choose from 3, 6, and 12 month pre-paid subscription options.

Book of the Draw

The price is right, and who wouldn’t love a surprise book every month. Since it is so inexpensive, if you get one you don’t like, just pass it along:)

Book of the Draw is a no-frills monthly subscription box containing highly rated fiction books that we have lovingly curated just for you. We only select titles we have read and loved for our boxes – we do the hard work so you can just sit back and enjoy! Subscribe now & let us help you find your next great read from just $7 per month.

  • All titles are highly rated not only by ourselves but also across multiple review websites (we’re not completely biased!)
  • Genres include contemporary, historical, literary, mystery, thriller, and chick-lit/romance. Select your favorite(s) at checkout and we will only send books from those categories.
  • We are transparent that our books come from publisher overstocks. This means we must classify them as ‘used’. They are in almost perfect condition, with just a mark on the top or bottom pages and occasionally some very minor cosmetic damage.
  • Each box will contain a surprise book. To ensure this is a pleasant surprise (in the sense you haven’t read the book before!) we encourage you to share your Goodreads profile or other reading log with us so we can check it is not a title you have read before.
  • We are now offering 1 and 2 book monthly options.

Used Books Monthly

Same description as above.

We believe books should be circulated and that an author’s work should endure. Your books are randomly selected from our inventory of your selected genres. We strive to select the best quality used books for our readers. Get a fun book surprise in the mail every month! -1 book envelope $6.79 -2 book envelope $11.99 -4 book box $17.49

  • Your books are hand selected based on your selected genres and reading preferences.
  • Only used books meeting our quality standards are sent.
  • We keep books in circulation. We like to find new readers for used books.
  • Keep the books you love, pass the others on someone who will.

Big Reads 

I have a few older friends who are struggling to read anymore with regular print for various reasons. This would be so great for them!

You choose the genre, we choose the book! Each title will be a surprise to you (like getting a present in the mail!) and a recent large print publication. This is an excellent subscription to gift to a family member or friend who you don’t get to see very often. We’re happy to include personalized notes from you to your loved one in each box.

  • New trade paperback book each month
  • Personalized notes upon request
  • Gift items approximately 4x per year
  • Large print books make for easier reading


I love chick lit, great escapism when i have the time.

Chicklitology is a celebration of witty, well-written fiction, about modern women’s lives. Curated by a Book Geek and Author, Katherine Womack, the subscription box substantiates everything that encompasses the genre: excitement, motivation, relatability and resolve.

  • This is a box for Moms, Single & Minglers, Book Geek Extroverts and Introverts; we’ll bring the solitude to her.
  • The boxes are themed, and will include a new release or an Oldie but Goodie, hard-cover or paperback, Women’s Lit title (ie. Chick Lit, Romance, Self Help, and Autobiography). On occasion, it’ll get steamy with Erotica. We’ll also toss in accompaniments (t-shirts, journals, mugs, jewelry, etc). Your beverage, snack and bookmark are guaranteed in every box–on us (they’re exempt from the box’s retail value).
  • Here is the best part: after completing a 12-month subscription term, you’ll become a certified “Chicklitologist”. Your celebratory box will be complimentary, and your subscription rate will be discounted thereafter. So, go ahead! What are you waiting for? Get certified!
  • If you’d like a spoiler, feel free to contact us (to determine if you’ve read the book of the month).

Food and/or Drink Lover

My Bean 

I have only started drinking coffee in my 50s. I love to try new ones, and this sounds great!

MyBean is the perfect gift for friends & relatives who enjoy good coffee and like to try new and exciting coffees from around the world! Our coffee is ethically sourced and grown without chemical pesticides & artificial fertilizers. Your box will contain 2 different types of freshly roasted whole bean coffee (12 oz total) every month.

  • A different exciting global destination every month! Perfect for dinner clubs, date nights, home-schooling curriculum, kids education, family time, healthy eating with fun flavors, or as preparation for an upcoming international trip
  • Includes: spices & spice blends from each featured destination, 5-6 recipes to feed 6-8 people each (for a full course meal)
  • Themed Music Playlist from each destination, plus a welcome postcard with fun facts about the featured country
  • Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free
  • Every box sold supports a Non-Profit that impacts Youth Education 

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Spice Madam 

We love spices in this house! My boys like super spicy, but have to tone it down for me. I might have to get this for more experiments in our kitchen!

Explore, discover, and experience a new destination each month through a monthly curated box of spices, recipes, themed music and fun facts from each featured country. Spice Madam also makes the perfect gift for that internationally-minded foodie in your life! What you can expect:

  • A different exciting global destination every month! Perfect for dinner clubs, date nights, home-schooling curriculum, kids education, family time, healthy eating with fun flavors, or as preparation for an upcoming international trip
  • Includes: spices & spice blends from each featured destination, 5-6 recipes to feed 6-8 people each (for a full course meal)
  • Themed Music Playlist from each destination, plus a welcome postcard with fun facts about the featured country
  • Vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free
  • Every box sold supports a Non-Profit that impacts Youth Education 

Gusto di Roma 

Italian food, ‘nuff said!

Bring the delicious Italian cuisine home to you every month! Satisfy your hunger for authentic Italian sweet and savory food sourced directly from Italy. Enjoy 5-6 ready-to-eat Italian items ranging from gourmet chocolates to artisan salami. Perfect for gifts, dinner parties, and for an authentic Italian date night in!

  • Enjoy 5-6 gourmet Italian treats every month ranging from salami by artisan manufacturers, biscotti from Tuscany, olives in sea salt brine from Abruzzo, grilled vegetables in extra virgin olive oil from Calabria, fruit jam from Trentino-Alto Adige, pistachio cream and chocolate bars with cinnamon from Sicily.
  • No prep work or cooking required! All items are ready-to-eat and can be enjoyed directly from your monthly shipment.
  • Each shipment contains a mix of sweet and savory items to appeal to all preferences.
  • All items are non-perishable so you can enjoy the taste of Italy on your own time.
  • All shipments include a detailed insert with item descriptions and suggested arrangements and pairings. Perfect for gift giving or party hosting!

Brownie Bite Box 

This would be a great one to have and share with a friend. Sounds absolutely delicious!

A subscription box for anyone who loves chocolate. Nettie’s Craft Brownies combine brownies and chocolates in one delicious bite. We cut up our extra fudgy brownies into bite-sized pieces and hand-dip each one in chocolate. In fun flavors like Sea Salt, Peanut Butter, S’mores, and Espresso, there is a bite for everyone!

  • Makes a great gift for family, friends, co-workers and clients.
  • Each month your box will contain an assortment of our classic flavors, along with seasonal favorites.
  • We make our products using real, high quality ingredients with a recipe handed down through generations.
  • Our bites are hand cut and hand-dipped in chocolate. Each one is unique and crafted just for you.
  • We make our bites fresh to order. They will arrive at your door fresh and ready to enjoy.

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American Cocktail Club

Our oldest son worked in a distillery last summer, and he would come home and mix up new drinks for us. This box sounds like something that he would like to try.

The American Cocktail Club is a premium cocktail subscription box that curates all-natural and world class cocktails. Being part of the Club is like having the coveted seat at a high level mixology bar. 

  • This monthly box contains 4 servings curated by award winning mixologists around the USA.
  • The art of Mixology – Simplified! Hand crafted by expert Mixologists.

Incredibly unique, natural, fresh, low calorie, low sugar juice blends

  • Each of our flavors is designed to both stand alone, and work in combination—so you can make—or be served—hundreds of different drinks and never make a mistake.

*NOTE* We do not ship the Everything Box to Canada. Canadian orders for the Everything Box will be switched to an Everything but the Booze Box & refunded the difference

  • We do not ship the Everything Box to the following states: AK, KY, MS, UT

Lover of Home and Living Subscription Boxes

Succulents Monthly 

I kill all plants. EXCEPT, two tiny succulents that I have had for over a year. This might work for someone like me:)

Our mission is to help you, or that special someone in your life, build a fantastic collection! But if you’re like us, we’re guessing you already have a good start! 😉

  • Includes heathy plants, succulent growing mix, and everything else you need
  • Quality pots and containers that are as cute and clever as they are classy
  • Beautiful hand-illustrated paperwork with helpful potting and care instructions
  • Easy and fun family-friendly projects

 Laura’s Kitchen Table

How much fun is this? And, I love that there is connection with a Facebook community!

Discover delicious food, beverages and fun kitchen items from some amazing female entrepreneurs! Each box is carefully curated with the female foodie in mind to easily change up your weeknight dinner, indulge in something decadent or find a new satisfying snack. Every month, you can expect:

  • Carefully curated items such as, desserts, spices, sauces, seasonings, snacks, teas, coffee, cocktail mixers and kitchen accessories
  • A featured recipe related to that month’s box theme
  • Kitchen Conversation card; questions to create conversation between friends/family while enjoying your monthly box
  • Access to a private Facebook community group to share products, as well as receive additional recipes exclusive to members

Seasonal Home Decor Box

I am a terrible shopper for decor. I think that things will work, but then I get it home, and it doesn’t work for me. Maybe if someone else picked it out, it would work. You could always give things as gifts if something arrives that “speaks their name”.

We love to support small businesses and our boxes always include at least one item created by independent artisans or small businesses. You can be sure that each item selected for our boxes is high quality and perfect for keeping or gifting! The value of the box will always exceed the retail price.

  • High quality new releases quarterly.
  • Styling ideas and maker info included in each box.
  • Unique, artisan-made exclusives included in each box.
  • Fresh, seasonal decor to update your space.
  • Great house-warming or gift ideas!

The Appalachian Mercantile


The J.Q. Dickinson Appalachian Mercantile is a selection of the finest foods, crafts and home goods shipped directly to you. Each box contains 6-7 items, and includes a recipe as well as a card telling you about each maker. Our boxes can be ordered monthly or seasonally. We carefully select each item to meet our standards for quality. $65 value

  • Carefully curated food and home products
  • Recipes sent with each box
  • High quality Appalachian foods, crafts and home goods sent seasonally or monthly
  • 6-7 full sized products

Wanderkarma Travel Box

Really cool things each month! Whether you are a traveler or not, these items can inspire you to explore new places, either in person or virtually!

Wanderkarma Artisan Box is for the traveler and lover of beautiful handmade products from around the world. We take you on a journey to a new country or city every month…. all within our boxes! We have traveled to Costa Rica, Greece, Paris, and Japan As a final touch, we send you a travel guide to fuel your wanderlust to travel to the world.

  • 3 to 5 artisan or traditional items from the country every month
  • Fair Trade Jewelry, Handbags, and Home Decor
  • Explore a new country through the box every month
  • We will also send you a Travel Guide to the country!

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Self-Love Boxes 

TheraBox – Self Care Subscription Box

Health and wellness, love and self-care, what more do we need?

Each box includes 1 research inspired therapeutic activity to wire your brain for more joy plus 6 to 8 self-care wellness goodies to reduce stress & enhance your life! We aim to inspire more love & happiness in every box through mindfully curated products to feed your mind, body & soul. For all finders & seekers of an inspired life❤️ #TreatYoself!

  • 1 happiness activity plus 6 – 8 self care wellness goodies (i.e., aromatherapy, natural/organic bath, body, skincare products, and other lifestyle goodies!)
  • Over $120+ retail value in every box!
  • Curated by therapists to increase happiness & reduce stress
  • Unbox happiness monthly! Filled with all things mindful, thoughtful, and beautiful to help you de-stress and live an inspired life!
  • #TreatYoself or a loved one to some self care & relaxation!

Success Crate 

As an entrepreneur myself, I love the ideas behind this box. We all need a little push to make ourselves better, to take a step out of our “comfort zone”. If you know of someone needing a little encouragement, this one would be great.

The result of Success Crate monthly boxes is to help entrepreneurs and everyday people feel self empowered, more focused & prioritized, become productive, grow their business & skills and to be a better person. We are looking for ambitious individuals that want to take their personal growth to the next level. If that’s you then you’re in the rig

  • NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLERS- Receive a brand new New York Times best seller book with an explicit intention to help you in your personal and professional life.
  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES – Each month you will receive personal development tools such as journals,workbooks,pens,customized worksheets created by our team all dedicated to a specific monthly theme.
  • EXCLUSIVE WORKBOOKS AND GOAL ORIENTED ACTIVITY SHEETS-Each month you will receive 3-5 exclusive worksheets curated to help you reach your goals faster by helping you stay on track and on task to reach your goals.
  • You will receive the ultimate personal development seminar experience delivered monthly to your door, our boxes are crafted with you in mind, loaded with lots of tools and resources to help you create the absolute best version of yourself.
  • LEARN GROW BECOME- Obtain the tools you need to get you one step closer to your goals. Learn from the best mentors, grow your mindset and become the creator of your life.


I know that I am always looking for a way to grow my faith! I love that there are daily devos included in each delivery…

Faithbox is an exciting way to promote positive Christian living by helping people grow in their faith journey and strengthen their relationship with Christ! Each month has a different theme to help you focus on different parts of your faith. We ensure that the companies we partner with for our Faithbox create ethical, eco-friendly products.

  • Everyday Faith: a daily devotional that we publish every month to help keep you centered with Christ!
  • Impact Guide: Gives a detailed description of each product included, where is came from, the impact it has, etc.
  • A variety of hand-picked items from Christian companies that do good.
  • Items include: jewelry, accessories, Christian books, art, decorations, and more!


I love that this one supports women in business. Self-care from experts -other women!

HER-MINE is a curation of beautiful and thoughtfully composed lifestyle products delivered monthly. We are cultivating and nurturing a sisterhood that cares about supporting women-owned businesses. Each limited-edition box features carefully-selected items that deliver value and pursue a common purpose: to foster growth of women-owned businesses.

  • 5-8 full and deluxe sample size self care lifestyle goodies in every box!
  • Amazing products curated from women owned businesses
  • Thoughtful theme every month
  • Curated to increase focus on self care and self love
  • #Selfcare is self love, so treat yourself or a loved one to some 💕

Smartass and Sass

This one made me laugh. This would be fun if you are or know someone who is a little sassy!

Smartass & Sass is a gift and subscription service for snarky individuals and cynical a**holes. We hand-select products from artists and small businesses and work with manufacturers to produce brand-new items that are sure to make you giggle. Subscribers also help us decide on items and have access to a secret sale shop. Join our community today!

  • 3 subscription options: shirt, box, or shirt & box
  • 5-7 items per box
  • Items include: mugs, bags, notebooks, apparel, and more!
  • Shirts are soft-blend unisex and printed locally (size chart image above)
  • Ships internationally to Canada, Mexico, the UK, and Australia


This one is a little bit bit different, but sounds like a great concept for growing in your faith!

We’re a monthly membership community for Christian women. If you want to live life encouraged, no matter your situation, then this is perfect for you! We’re not a typical sub box that focuses on products. We send you care packages with God-inspired right-on-time messages to help you grow in your faith and be more hopeful.

  • We offer 2 Membership Options to uplift your spirit: BOXES OF ENCOURAGEMENT (includes a gift inside) or WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT (devotional items only)
  • Online Community Fellowship (+discounts for our in-person events)
  • Weekly Video Lessons
  • Monthly Blogs + Life Application & Spiritual Growth Workbooks
  • Access to our growing catalog of videos and workbooks in our Members Course Library (valued at over $475)

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Lover of Crafts

Scrapbooking Store 

During the pandemic, I have been crafting with paper. I might have to convince my husband to give this one to me!

A fun, monthly scrapbooking subscription box that is uniquely designed and hand selected just for scrapbookers. Each month members receive a beautiful, themed scrapbook kit that is filled with all of the items you need to scrapbook until your next kit arrives.

  • Each box is full of 12×12 (double-sided) pages, stickers, cutouts, or other embellishments
  • Opportunity to upgrade for several extra embellishments each month!
  • A monthly project inspiration sheet included each month!
  • Includes membership into our exclusive Facebook Club where you can interact and grow with our community of fellow scrapbookers!
  • Makes the perfect gift for you or the scrapbooking lover in your life looking to capture special moments of joy and surprise!

The Hopebroidery Box

I used to do these little embroidery projects with my grandma, and I loved that it was so easy to create something beautiful from colored thread!

The Hopebroidery Box is a monthly subscription service for hand embroidery! Each month, I send subscribers everything they’ll need to complete that month’s project, including a stitch by stitch video tutorial. You can also choose the mini box, which includes just the pattern and tutorial link.

  • Choose between the big box ($45, includes at least $45 worth of hand embroidery materials delivered to you monthly) or the mini box ($12, includes the digital version of that month’s pattern + the video tutorial, but no physical items).
  • Boxes are sent out on or around the 4th of each month – boxes purchased this month go out next month (for example, if you sign up at any point in June, your first box will go out in early July)!
  • Share photos of your progress by tagging me (@hopebroidery) and using the hashtag #hopebroideryBOX!
  • Need extra help with your project? Not a problem – contact me directly via email, and I’m happy to help!

The Adults and Crafts Crate 

This sounds like fun! I am always up for learning something new and crafty. And, it is nice that they send everything that you will need so you aren’t constantly realizing that you need another tool or more supplies.

Adults & Crafts is a thoughtfully curated craft subscription box for adults & teens to create fun and trendy projects! Every month is a different craft to allow you to learn a new craft technique like wood burning and engraving. Create beautiful products like wine carriers and epoxy resin coasters. Two subscriptions are even perfect for date night!

  • We send you all the tools, materials, accessories and instructions you need to complete the craft. No last minute trips to the craft store needed!
  • Create trendy projects like wine caddies, epoxy resin, candles, and more!
  • Perfect for a family night, for a friend hangout, or for date night.
  • Learn a new craft skill every month varying from clockmaking, to embossing, to woodworking. The possibilities are endless!

Adult Coloring Monthly

I love these coloring sheets! I put out 4-5 in my classroom each month for my middle schoolers to work on while I do my daily read aloud. They LOVE it! Fun to do with a friend:)

Each month comes with 12 new coloring sheets in an artist’s pad mailed to you + 12 digital downloads! You can keep and reprint the digital downloads forever. Each month has new themes from Paris cityscapes, elephants, succulent terrariums, mandalas and more!

  • Each month comes with a set of 12 adult coloring sheets mailed to you. Plus, receive the same images as digital downloads.
  • Your Digital Downloads are sent within 24 hours of your order!
  • 6 Month Subscribers get a free mini pack of colored pencils.
  • Year Subscribers get a free mini pack of colored pencils plus a full sized coloring book!
  • You can skip or cancel at any time! Once digital downloads are sent, no refunds are available.

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Where the fun begins! (Fabrics and notions for quilters) –

These look like so much fun! Sadly, I do not sew, but the fabrics are so pretty, and could be made into many things!

This subscription box is for fabric lovers. Fabrics are a work of art. Some are stunning and some are just useful. Fabrics come from professional designers who use colors, designs with fabric to make the most interesting and beautiful projects. You won’t be unhappy with our choice. 100 % Guaranteed. On occasion there are extra gift.

  • We are committed to bring you the best and keep customers loving their boxes.
  • Careful choosing, thinking and planning about what we send.
  • Our boxes will be of more value than what you pay. We love to add extras.
  • This will be a quilters haven. Are you ready?
  • MMQ will ship with USPS in a padded flats rate envelope. We will split the $8.00 ($4 for you and $4 for us). These bags will ship all over the USA for the $8.00.

Here Are Some For the Dads!

Jerky of the Month

We are weirdos and love to get different flavors of jerky and compare the taste. This would be a great gift around here!

High Quality Craft & Artisan Jerky From Around The U.S.A. Award-Winning Experience. Flexible Gift Ordering. Exclusive Selections. Personalized Gift Message. Best Variety. Hard-to-Find Craft Jerky. Designed For All Jerky Lovers, Join the Club or Gift a Membership. No Long Term Commitment, Cancel Anytime.

  • New Brands & Flavors Every Month
  • Add A Personal Touch With A Custom Gift Note
  • Awesome gift idea for jerky lovers!
  • Sign up to receive delicious, top quality, artisan jerky every month.
  • Free (USA) Shipping over $50


For a long time, my husband would only grill. Now he is a pro in the kitchen, but this would still be something that he would love!

We deliver BBQ essentials to help you create unique flavors that will wow your guests. We also love a good snack, so each month we will send an edible item as well! Fire up the grill and let’s get cookin’!

  • 1 Sauce or Marinade
  • 1 Rub or Spice
  • 1 Snack or bonus item
  • 1 Sample Pack of wood chips to go with the recipe

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Booze Dogs

These look delicious! And. what a fun concept!

Looking for something different? An idea that provides an unforgettable time? Try Booze Dogs, Booze + Meat! Choose between juicy 1/3 lb. burgers, smoked 3.2 oz. bratwurst, and/or flavorful 2 oz. hot dogs authentically infused with real bourbon, gin, and/or rum. Servings vary between 3-8 per lb. Variety boxes change monthly.

  • Each box shipped will assume a variety of meat & liquor flavors. Specify your interests or make special requests during the checkout process.
  • Gourmet Meat: Premium pork shoulder and premium ground chuck slow smoked with natural hickory hardwood chips
  • Infused with real booze for 6 hours and blended in the highest quality spices
  • Clean labels with ingredients you can pronounce, no synthetic flavoring, and never any nitrates or nitrites used. Arrives in a 100% recyclable box with dry-ice in ≤ 3 days from ship date, and excludes liquor bottle.
  • A portion of profits are contributed to a reputable national canine rescue organization

The Father of All Boxes

This looks like a box that would be a great gift for any man in your life. There are a great variety of items each month that most guys would love!

Gifting Dad a memorable experience just got easier! Craft cocktails meets artisan snacks, specialty coffee meets decadent desserts. The Father of All Boxes is packed with artisan made goodness for him to discover. Makes the perfect gift for husbands, Dads, Step-Dads, Father-in-Laws, or any father figure in your life.

  • Classically sweet, bold, and full of adventure…just like Dad.
  • 5-7 products to discover – everything from artisan treats and craft cocktail essentials to body care and grooming.
  • Curated from small-batch makers and artisans from around the country.
  • Shipping is included, arrives ready to gift, includes personalized note card.
  • Available as a One-Time Gift or as a 3 month gift subscription. Be sure to select “non-renewing” if you would not like your subscription to recur.

Basic Man Subscription

My husband and dad both love really soft t-shirts and socks. This would be a winner with them both.

Each month, we will ship you a high-quality t-shirt, performance boxer-briefs & pair of socks. Our crew neck shirts are super soft. The boxer-briefs have “stay-put” legs, breathable vents, and an extra soft waistband. The socks are extra comfy with a variety of styles. The colors will vary in each shipment and match each other.

  • Odor-resistant and antimicrobial boxer-briefs made from bamboo
  • Premium quality cotton & REPREVE t-shirts with the perfect fit
  • Amazing quality basics sustainably made using recycled waterbottles
  • All at an insanely low price for products that should be replaced often
  • Athletic compression & combed cotton socks for everyday wear. Super comfy!

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Here’s the thing about our lives these days. It is different. We have slowed down. We are home more. We are trying different things for fun. 

I encourage you to “gift” these to your friends and family, but also to yourselves. Take advantage of this change of pace to support these unique businesses, and to take gift-giving up a notch!

One gift that isn’t a subscription, but that my mom loves, is her digital picture frame. She asks us each month or two for pics of the kids, and she updates her frame. She always keeps her favorites, but I swear this might be her favorite gift ever!

Other categories are: games, kids activities, spiritual, date night, nerds, and pets to name a few…

Related posts about taking care of mom: Give Yourself the gift of 4:15, Mom Time Out: Ways to Make It Happen

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Smart Parents in The Know: Ideas For Parents in May

Smart Parents in The Know: Ideas For Parents in May

Ideas for Parents in May

What I’m learning and loving in the month of May, I talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This may include recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Here are some ideas for parents in May. Please know that I am thinking of you in these hard days, and will try to find fun and useful things to share with you each month!

(Here are the posts for March and April) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts! Without further ado, here are my ideas for parents in May. *This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

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What is mindfulness? Everyone talks about it…
mind·ful·ness (according to Oxford)
the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something.
“their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition”
a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.
5 Reasons that mindfulness is good for you It is really easy to incorporate into your life, give it a try!
Mindfulness Tools


Did you know that Mr. Rogers was often quarantined as a child because of breathing problems? He used his imagination to get himself through these times.

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One of our all time favorites! We just watched it again as a family the other night, Secondhand Lions.  If somehow you have missed this- you must watch! A great coming of age film about a boy who is basically dumped with 2 great uncles that he doesn’t even know. Great stories come from these two old curmudgeons played by Robert Duvall and Michael Caine. The boy is played by Haley Joel Osment in his younger days.


Side Hustle Simplified

This was written by a 16 year old! Here are some things that he says in the description… 

During these past few years, I’ve learned a lot and executed and implemented like crazy. I’ve also made plenty of mistakes, and figured out workarounds and solutions to them. This book is not just a guide for how you can start making money on the side, but also a blueprint of ideas for you to expand upon.

While I cannot guarantee you any results, these exact methods have worked very well for me, and I am giving you every tip, trick, tool, technique and tactic I’ve learned and used, so that it can help you on your own journey.

I think that this would be a great book for any teen to read and get ideas.

Other books for considering careers for teens:

What Color is Your Parachute?

Careers: The Graphic Guide to Planning Your Future

Make Your Bed: Little Things That Could Change Your Life… And Maybe The World

Skip College: Launch Your Career Without Debt, Distractions or a Degree


Thermal laminator machine with clear pouches for laminating. I never in a million years thought that I would use this as much as I have. I got it for my classroom, but I have used it at home for things like laminating our car insurance cards and a couple of pictures for family. It’s small and really easy to use!


May Day -(1st), Kentucky Derby Day -(1st Saturday in May), Star Wars Day -(May 4th), Cinco de Mayo -(5th), National Teacher’s Day -(Tuesday, first full week in May), Mother’s Day -(2nd Sunday in May), International Nurse’s Day -(May 12th), Memorial Day -(last Monday of the month) These are just a few reasons to celebrate this month!


The world’s favorite season is the spring.  All things seem possible in May. –  Edwin Way Teale

Ideas for parents in May

I hope that you like my ideas for parents in May! Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year: 5 Steps To Avoid Losing your Cool With Your TeensCinco de Mayo with Teens, Take A Mom Time Out, Books You Should Read If You Are the Parent Of a Teen

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7  Helpful Ways to Help Your Student Prepare for Finals

7 Helpful Ways to Help Your Student Prepare for Finals

Ways to Help your Student Prepare for Finals

Right now our students are super stressed with finals. Whether they are in high school or college, doesn’t matter, they are maxed out. Now if your middle schooler is anything like mine, he’s just stressed out about having to get up and actually go to school (insert rolling eyes). Looking for ways to help your student prepare for finals?

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So, what can we do as parents to help our kids as they are preparing for finals? Let’s help them to have the best semester ever! Here are a few ideas…

*This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

This blog post is a good one to read for alleviating stress of any kind for our teens with or without finals!

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Be positive!

Encouragement is great, and can go a long way to help your student prepare for finals. I find that if I nag, then we get into a fight, and that goes nowhere fast. So, the next time your grouchy teen snaps at you, take a deep breath, count to 10 (or 50 or 100), and respond in a non-snappy way. I know, easier said than done, because I am the queen of snapping! Hang in there, deal with the current situation, then go open a nice bottle of red!

Drink wine as you help your student prepare for finals!

Ask your teen for ways you can help.

Maybe, for now, you could expect less from them around the house so that they aren’t having to deal with as much for the moment. Stock their favorite snacks in the pantry and fridge for easy access. My boys like me to even serve them in their rooms on a tray–I use these plates (they are compostable, and I can write a message on them!) and cups for cookies, cheese and crackers or any other goodies. ( My boys love this mix!)

This is the only time that I do this, so it’s fun to order things that I wouldn’t normally have in the house.

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Know their schedule.

Send quick texts if your kids are away at school at times you know they would be between classes. Send them a card or a pre-made finals care package, healthy and not so healthy, to ease the pain of studying. They LOVE this! Here is a post about putting together care packages!

If they are still at home, planning a snack or meal when you know they have time for a break will go a long way towards a more energized student. I know my boys tend towards hangry when studying and stressed, so keeping them fed is almost a full time job:)

Help your student prepare for finals in medieval times

Make your teen take a break every now and then.

Everyone needs a break. I know one of my boys would never think to take a break, and would get mad if I even suggested it. But, make this happen occasionally, and they might just thank you later. Watch a favorite episode or movie. Bake a batch of cookies together. Run up to their favorite fast food joint together and let them order what they want.

Even just giving a quick hug or high five can be all the affirmation that they might need. Any of these activities would be great for getting their mind off of school just for a while. These will help your student prepare for finals all refreshed.

A great gift to send to you student who is away is a gift card to their favorite fast food joint!

Post a sticky note.

Put it on their bathroom mirror or on their desk with a motivational quote or verse. My boys have often left these for months because they knew I was thinking of them!

If your kiddo is away, even out of college and in a stressful period with maybe a first job, you can do something similar. Send them a card with some encouraging words. It is always so fun to actually get snail mail, and I bet they keep it!

I still have a silly card my dad sent me when I was in college during some stressful period-probably finals. I love the fact that my dad took the time to write it (even though he mentions that my mom told him to!) It meant the world to me!

Make them breakfast.

This seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of kids skip this meal. I fix breakfast during the week for my boys for that reason alone. If you aren’t in this habit, make the time to do this until finals are over. Feed their bodies and their brains. Cooking is the way I show my love to my family. I love to cook, and it makes my heart happy to feed everyone.

If you’re not into cooking, then maybe put out some easy snack food for your teens before bed so that it’s there in the morning to grab as they run out the door. They will know you’ve thought of them and maybe they’ll eat a little something–bonus! (BTW-my boys are all great cooks, I just like to start my day with them in the kitchen during the week.)

When kids have any kind of test and especially when you help your student prepare for finals, this is the most important meal!

Fix breakfast to help your student prepare for finals

Give them grace.

They will be tired and most likely grouchy during this time. Encourage them to get enough sleep. Make sure they are eating enough of the right things. Let them know you love them. Be patient.

This too shall pass. Every finals season, I feel like I’m taking them too because the stress is almost contagious!! Deal with it a minute at a time, then go hide in your room with your latest Netflix binge!

Hang in there, mamas, you got this! Go give your kid a hug:)

Look for more ways to help your student prepare for finals.

Do you have any strategies that have worked for you as you help your student prepares for finals? Please share!

Other links to posts for gift giving… a graduation gift guide, Stocking StuffersGuy gift guide and Girl gift guide

Also, another post for stress relief is here. I gathered lots of info from my blogging besties for this age group -lots of great info in this post!

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Smart Parents in the Know: Ideas for Parents in April

Smart Parents in the Know: Ideas for Parents in April

Ideas for Parents in April

What I’m learning and loving in the month of April! “Smart Parents” is a series that I’m continuing. I will talk about a few things that I am learning and loving in my life right now. This may include recipes, books, movies and gadgets, etc. Here are some ideas for parents in April.

Please know that I am thinking of you, and will try to find fun and useful things to share with you each month! 

(Here is the post for March) Let me know what you are learning and loving so that I can add that to future posts! Without further ado, here are my ideas for parents in April. *This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Do you love Ikea’s meatballs? They released the recipe for people in quarantine. Here is the recipe!

These teens developed an app for dementia during Covid! Go girl power!

And, these teen guys helped out a woman with car problems -pushed her car for miles!

I love finding out things that are cool for this monthly blog post. If you ever find out something that is cool, please share with me!

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We have been watching many movies with our boys. We talked last night to decide what has been our favorite. By far, we all agreed that Napoleon Dynamite was our top pick for humor and good clean fun. It appeals to all ages, and is perfect for tween even though it is rated PG, there is no nudity, bad language, sex, drinking, smoking-really anything. It deals with so many high school themes that is is the perfect movie for younger kids to see what is coming, and older ones to reminisce. A close second was Ferris Bueller!


Hair clippers -We have this model, and the boys have given each other haircuts. We even trim our dog with this. It is super easy to wash all the separate pieces between uses. With all of us homebound, and hairdressers and barbers not able to work, these come in handy.


Nightbooks by J.A. White I read this to all of my middle school ELA classes. They were begging me to read more every day. It has some great twists! It’s about a boy who is captured by a witch and ends up making friends with a girl who had already been captured. Once they start working together, they try to escape, and have a rough time of it.


My kids grew up playing mah jongg because my mom and her friends have played for the past 30 years. My mom taught my sisters and me, and then we taught all of our kids. Did you know that it is possible to play mah jongg with cards? It’s the same game, just with cards. This way of playing is great for traveling, and is just as fun as playing with the tiles.

My boys all really love this game. Because you have to hold so many cards in your hands, these card rack organizers are great! Here is a guide to playing mah jongg which is very similar to gin with runs and groups–with wild cards. If you haven’t played, it’s a great time to try!

Play on the 30th for National Mahjongg Day!


That is one good thing about this world… There are always sure to be more springs. -L. M. Montgomery


April Fool’s Day (1), Easter (date varies), Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (12), Take Your Daughter to Work Day (4th Thursday), Arbor Day (last Friday), National Mahjongg Day (30)

Easter care package and gift guide ideas:

Easter gift guide

Easter care package

Ideas for parents in April

I hope that you like my ideas for parents in April! Some other posts that might be helpful this time of the year: How Will We Pay For College This Coming Fall?, Best Graduation Gift Guide, Ways That You Can Help Your Teen Prepare For Finals

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Why Should I Shop On Amazon?: 13+ Great Reasons!

Why Should I Shop On Amazon?: 13+ Great Reasons!

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Why Should I Shop On Amazon?

This post answers the question, “Why should I shop on Amazon?” There are so many things to love about Amazon! Let me count the ways… I’m telling you that I have learned so much about Amazon while writing this post! The options are endless and really amazing! *This post may contain affiliate links. My full disclosure policy is here.

Let’s be honest about the cost of raising kids!

They are super expensive. I had read a couple of posts about saving money on Amazon, and I wanted to find out more. I know a lot of us think of Amazon as sort of a “frenemy”. I will say, after researching this post, I was really impressed with the amount of actual savings you can get  IF you really take the time to take a deep dive into their whole website/store.

Be sure to read to the end -did you know that there are DEEP DISCOUNTS listed on Amazon every day in most departments?? Read on to find out more!

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Why Should I Shop On Amazon?

 Amazon Prime–  This is an awesome service. At first we were hesitant to sign up for this. When we first signed up, it was $99. It is now $119 for a year if you pay all at once. If you pay monthly, then it is 12.99. You can sign up just for Amazon Video at $8.99 per month.

And, as always, you can signup for Amazon Prime for one free month, and end of November is the best time to do this since you can get Black Friday deals, Cyber Monday deals, and holiday deals all in the space of 30 days! Some great reasons to get this other than the end of the year deals… 2 day free shipping-this alone has been a life saver for me as a major procrastinator!

  1. I love the Subscribe and Save monthly order option! It can be adjusted each month based on what you need or don’t need. You can auto-order things that you need, editing it each month if your needs change. You will receive a notification that it is getting ready to ship, so you can edit the order then. The more that you subscribe to and order, the bigger your savings-up to 15% off. You pay as you go, and if an item is unavailable, Amazon is really great about letting you know and trying to find a replacement.
  2. There are always such great deals! Daily deals and bargains are amazing, check them out each day. If I am looking for something in particular, then I really watch for awhile to see if it comes available.
  3. Audible–  This is one of my favorites. It’s only $14.95 a month, and you can listen to books anytime, anywhere. When you sign up, you get two free audiobooks! There is also now an Audible romance free trial!
  4. Kindle Unlimited has membership plans. If you have Amazon Prime, then it comes along with that. But, it can stand alone for $9.99 a month. You have access to over one million titles with this membership!
  5. Prime Video channels for FREE. There are over 100 channels available. Many are free, others are available with a subscription fee. The videos on Amazon Prime are great.
  6.  Prime Music Streaming (30 day free trial)- Instant unlimited streaming of over one million songs!
  7. Try Amazon Fresh for free-which means groceries delivered. You will need to check to see if this is available in your area. It is free for a 30-day trial period, then $14.95/month on top of your prime membership. (There is a fee for an order under $40.)
  8. Related to Amazon Fresh is Prime Pantry. This is a one-time order, not a subscription! You will pay a shipping fee of 5.99 for a box to be delivered. These items are both grocery and paper goods that you are not subscribing too. The box is really large, and Amazon will let you know the percentage of the box filled, and then when it is filled. There are often really awesome Prime Pantry deals.
  9. Twitch Prime– This is included in Amazon Prime and Prime video memberships. It is great for gamers. It includes bonus games, free Twitch channel renewable every 30 days, and free game content that is constantly evolving for members.
  10. Amazon Wedding Registry– Amazon pretty much has it all, so this is a one-stop shopping experience for your wedding guests. This includes universal registry from many sites. After the wedding, if you are a Prime member, you will receive 20% off any remaining items on your list. 10% off, if you are not a member.
  11. Amazon Baby Registry-Universal registry from any site, a surprise box for parents and baby with $35 worth of items, ability to group gift for larger items, free 90-day returns, plus huge selection of so many things!
  12. Student Prime– Six month FREE trial! After that, it’s $6.49/month or $79/year. There are numerous college deals and student discounts throughout the year. You just need to provide your .edu email address for verification. Don’t forget to shop for textbooks with Amazon-we have saved tons with our two college kids!
  13. There is also Amazon Family– I looked into this, and it seems like it is more for families with young children. Lots of coupons and deals for diapers, baby food etc. You might share with someone you know in this situation, I had no idea!
    Why Should I Shop On Amazon?As you can see, Amazon has a variety of options, many of which I had no idea about when I started this post!

One option that I didn’t mention earlier is Alexa.

This is basically an Echo Dot speaker that becomes your virtual assistant! Once you set it up with an app on your phone, it is controlled by your voice to do do many things such as: playing music, solving a math problem, adding to your to-do list, check the weather among many other things!

After this, you never have to have your phone out again, and you can sync it to other Alexa-compatible devices, such as: thermostats, light switches, and home security cameras.

More to consider when thinking about shopping at Amazon!

Did you know that they have DEEP DISCOUNTS for all sorts of items? These are typically for items that were shipped, opened, and then returned for some reason. These items aren’t even necessarily used!!! Check out these deals…

Deep discounts on open box and used PCs

Deep discounts on open box and used sporting goods

Deep discounts on open box and used kitchen gadgets

Deep discounts on open box and used tools

Deep discounts on open box and used electronics

Deep discount on open box and used camera equipment

Deep discounts on open box and used musical instruments

Deep discounts on warehouse deals-open box and used items of all sorts

Amazon outlet, clearance, markdowns and overstock items

Teacher deals-educational supplies!– I cannot wait to use this for my classroom this fall!

Credit Cards for Amazon

Amazon Prime Reward Visa Credit Card Here are some advantages to having this card.

• 5% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market with an eligible Prime membership* 2% back at restaurants, gas stations, and drugstores* 1% back on all other purchases*

• No annual fees*

• No foreign transaction fees*

Amazon.com Credit Card • By Synchrony -Here are some advantages to having this card.

• 5% back on all purchases with an eligible Prime membership

• A number of payment plans

• No annual fee.

There are so many reasons that answer the question, “Why Should I Shop On Amazon?”

If you are already an Amazon shopper, I would really encourage you to check out all of these options. They are all convenient and the deals are amazing! One more thing to mention is that Amazon in customer service is great. I have never had a problem with returns or asking any question about a product!

Let me know if I left anything off of this Amazon list and I will be sure to add it!

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