Time Management, Toilet Paper, and Random Paw Prints

Because my husband and children insist on eating. A. Lot. I read cooking blogs, looking for family/toddler friendly meals. Every now and then I stumble on a blog with the following disclaimer:

This blog may contain affiliate links.

Disclaimers written like that make me wonder: “What do they mean by may?” Don’t these food bloggers know when they’re writing their blogs there are going to be affiliate links? Do the affiliate links have a habit of magically appearing on their blog? Seriously! What’s with the may?”

To be honest, I didn’t really start thinking about the May disclosures until I signed up to be an Amazon Affiliate.

Per Amazon’s monstrous amount of rules, every time I write a blog that contains affiliate links I also have to include the following disclaimer:

“I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

While I like the clarity of this statement, it’s also lengthy and going to get really annoying.

That being said, this is the very first blog in a series where I’m going to be including affiliate links.  My primary goal, however, is to be entertaining. That being said, I fully expect this post to be the first waffle of the bunch. It probably won’t be that entertaining but I’ll do my best.

“I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.”

A few weeks ago I went on a vacation with my husband to see his relatives. This vacation was the first time in a long time that I had a chance to do non-required reading. And, because my infant decided to pick that vacation to not sleep, I was up very, very, early every morning reading.

The first book I read was given to me free in exchange for an honest review.

This book is Erma Bombeck armed with a Blackberry and a day planner. It’s filled with advice on how to stay organized when you live in the middle of chaos. But the author, Nicolle Lowrey, includes a ton of funny anecdotes making it a joy to read. WARNING: If you or anyone you know has an addiction to office supplies, it might be best to avoid this book. The purchase of office supplies isn’t required in this book, but it is definitely inspiring. So inspiring, in fact, I now have to explain to my husband why I purchased:

  • a label maker
  • a laminator
  • 5,000 rainbow-colored paper clips
  • 2 filing cabinets
  • 5 calendars
  • 6 packages of Oreos
  • 1 tube of Toothpaste

The next book I read was by Whitney Dineen and it’s called Motherhood, Martyrdom, & Costco Runs. This humorist essay book is best described as Erma Bombeck with a strange, inexplicable fetish for walls of toilet paper. If you want a better explanation, you’ll have to read the book.

The last book I read while on vacation was by Samantha Irby.

I have to admit – I had no idea who Samantha Irby was. And while I loved the snarky title of this book, the real reason I bought this book was because of the cat on the cover. She reminds me of my sweet, fluffywufflekins, Gwennie.

Samantha Irby’s book was both bittersweet and hilarious – especially the chapters where she talks about her cat!

After finding this book in Amazon, I noticed Amazon suggesting some strange items to purchase because I viewed We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Two of the items are below.

Apparently a book with a cat on the cover equates to products with dog paw prints on them.  

And this, kind readers, concludes my first attempt at affiliate marketing.

Me too…..

 

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