Jun 20, 2018

Get Ready for Amazon Prime Day 2018!

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Prime day is a HUGE sale event where Amazon Prime members can enjoy lightning deals, price cuts, and other promotions and is similar to Black Friday. Prime Day 2017 sales were higher than the 2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales combined!

**UPDATE 2** Prime Day officially starts July 16 at 3pm!
**UPDATE** A leak states that Prime day will begin midday July 16!

Amazon hasn't officially announced the date yet but they have posted the "official" Prime Day page. I'll update when they announce it. We do have a good idea when it will be- The first Prime Day was Wednesday, July 15, 2015. The second Prime Day was Tuesday, July 12, 2016. And the third Prime Day lasted 30-hours starting late Monday, July 10, 2017; all of Tuesday, July 11; and ended early morning on Wednesday, July 12. Rumor has it Prime Day will start on or around July 10th this year based on past history.

Only Prime members get to take advantage of the deals. If you aren't a Prime member you can sign up for a free trial.

We won't know what the actual deals are until Prime Day is here but some of the best deals historically have been on Amazon products like Kindles, Kindle Fire, Amazon Echo and Echo Dot etc. There's usually deals on everything from clothes to toys to tools! It's a great time to snag some Christmas gifts at a deep discount.

Some of the most popular deals last year from my readers included: Camel Back Eddy bottles, Echo devices, a KidKraft train table, Native shoes, diapers, kids' books, Fire Tablets, and Dinner Winner trays.

  • Make sure you have a Prime account
  • Join my Daily Deal Detectives group on Facebook where I will be live posting the best deals!
  • Make a list of things you are hoping to score deals on
  • Take advantage of the "watch" option on the Amazon deals page
  • If you see a deal you MIGHT want cart it immediately then decide-- the best deals go FAST!
Jun 11, 2018

NICU Newborn Shadow Boxes

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I’ve been meaning to post about our NICU shadow box displays for a while but just haven’t gotten around to it. Having a baby in the NICU is a life altering experience. There’s no other way I can think of to describe it. It’s a club nobody wants to belong to but once you do you feel a connection to every other parent who has ever held the impossibly tiny hand of their baby in an incubator. It’s simultaneously one of the saddest yet most peaceful places on the planet. I will never forget what it felt like to sit in the NICU at 2am gently rocking my baby while a dozen monitors quietly beeped around me helping the angel nurses to watch those precious babies. Disney lullabies played softly on a radio while the night nurses caught up with their charting. We celebrated every gram gained, every milliliter of breastmilk fed, every diaper wet. I watched as those warrior nurses stood up to a doctor and insisted a mama who had just had a c-section to impossibly early twins be allowed to enter in her wheeled bed instead of the standard wheelchair so she could touch them and meet them for the first time. And I cried with them as she reached from her bed to theirs to tell them just how much she loved them. 

I wanted a way to pay tribute to this experience and a way to display some of the minutia we collected that would be worthless to anyone else but was so precious to me. 

I decided to use these shadow box frames. I chose them because I liked the mat they included and I knew I didn't want gigantic frames- they were perfect!

I used scrapbook paper to line the bottom opening because I knew I wanted blue for the background. The tiny hats were hand knitted by volunteers. I appreciated them so much and they are so precious to me. I also included the teeny tiny hospital bands. The stars are just foam sticker shapes.

I had other items that could have been included but I didn't want a cluttered box. I thought about doing them with their coming home outfits but decided to stick with their hats. I love how they turned out!