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How to Get Free and Discount Products from Amazon (The Easy Way!)

How to Get Free and Discount Products from Amazon The Easy Way!

UPDATE: Amazon has changed it’s policies. It is unclear whether any of these programs will continue to work.

This is not a drill. I just experienced the easiest way to get free and discount products from Amazon.

Here’s the low down.

Sellers on Amazon need accurate and honest reviews from purchasers about their product to rank higher in Amazon search. So they are willing to give you their product for free or deeply discounted in exchange for a review.

That’s it. That’s the secret. Write a review = snag a deal on Amazon!

There are several websites that specialize in matching sellers with reviewers. All of these sites will need to verify your Amazon account. I’ve vetted these companies for you, so you can trust them with this information.

The way each site works varies a bit. However, they are all looking for people who can write a good review on the products they receive.

You will need to adhere to each site’s guidelines and suggestions as to what makes a good review. If you are looking to earn more and better review opportunities, learn what Amazon wants out of customer reviews.

None of these sites will reimburse you for shipping costs. If you are an Amazon Prime member, most products will ship free with your Prime membership.

How to Get Hot Deals on Amazon Products the Easy Way

Here are the sites I’ve had the opportunity to check out for you. – After you register with HonestFew, they will start emailing you deals. For items you’d like to review, you will be given a coupon code to use on Amazon to purchase the product at a discount. Once you receive the product, put it to use. Then, head over to Amazon and leave your honest review.

Every product has a limited amount offered at the discount, so you do need to act fast to get in on the deals you want. – Once you’ve registered with Snagshout, you can browse their selection and choose what item you’d like to review. You will be given a promo code to order the product.

Snagshout limits the number of products you can be reviewing to one at a time. However, after you’ve successfully written several reviews, they will bump that number up to five.

You are required to include disclosure language in your review. Failure to do so may result in your termination from the program. – New products are posted daily to their site or you can elect to get the deals emailed directly to you. Scroll through the offerings and choose what item you’d like to review.

AMZ claims to have the steepest discounts on the products put up for review. Check out their selection to see for yourself.

I was really excited to find an aromatherapy diffuser at a steep discount I wanted to review.

Remember, if you use any of these sites to get cheap products from Amazon, you are obligated to write a review.  Failure to do so will result in your being removed from their service.

Find a product you want to review? Tell us about your experience!

Now read 5 Secret Ways to Save at (You’ve Never Heard of!)

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizer Recipe. (Includes complete how-to VIDEO) These appetizers satisfy both the sweet and the salty.

These sweet and savory apple prosciutto appetizers are unbelievably quick and easy to make.

In fact, they are so quick to make, you can learn how to make them in just 30 seconds:

Can’t see the video? Click to see Apple Prosciutto Appetizers.

For those of you who may want to print the recipe, here it is:

Quick and Easy Apple Prosciutto Appetizers


  • 1 cup grated organic apple
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • baguette thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a bowl mix together apple, cheese, prosciutto, and oregano.
  3. Place baguette slices on a baking tray. Top with apple mixture.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

The next time you need an appetizer that will satisfy both the sweet and the salty as well as the gooey from the cheese, whip up a batch of these and watch how fast they are devoured.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets made with just 5 ingredients. No baking required.

Copper is our 12 year old Vizsla, and he is our true fur baby. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 2 and to be perfectly honest, he’s run our household ever since. (Can you say spoiled????)

About 6 months ago he went to get up out of his dog bed and couldn’t. It was like his entire rear end wouldn’t work. My heart broke into pieces.

At the vet’s office they did x-rays that revealed painful inflammation from arthritis. They prescribed a capsule pill twice a day.

Copper HATES these pills.

This is quite unusual because Copper eats everything.

The only way we could get him to take the pill was to purchase pill pockets and tuck his pills into them.

Then he learned to eat the pill pockets and spit out the pill.


So I took to the Internet and did some research on homemade dog treats. Most treats I found were baked and hard and would not work to tuck a treat into.

I needed to find a soft treat but I also wanted to integrate some ingredients I knew would benefit his joints and his dandruffy butt.

Homemade dog pill pockets made with coconut oil
Be prepared to have an audience while you make these homemade dog pill pockets.

This recipe has vet approved ingredients including beef gelatin for his joints (This is the beef gelatin I order) and coconut oil for his coat. (This is the coconut oil I order).  If you have a natural grocery store nearby, you should be able to pick up these ingredients there.

To make oat flour, simply grind oatmeal in your blender.  It’s that easy.

To make sure these aren’t full of sodium, try making your own organic chicken stock.

These homemade pill pockets don’t require any baking, so I can easily whip up a batch in minutes.

Since they are perishable, I put a week’s worth into the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Line your pill pockets on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze them for about an hour before transferring them to a freezer safe container.

Be sure to label your pill pockets before putting them in the fridge so no one mistakes them for energy balls.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil


  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  2. With wet hands, roll dough into small balls. Line up on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into the center of each ball big enough to hold a pill.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Balls can also be frozen.

Copper loves these homemade dog pill pockets. I can make them large enough to completely tuck a treat into, which keeps him from spitting them out. Every batch I also make just a few small balls to give to our other dog, Nina. No one likes getting left out when it comes to treats.

homemade dog pill pockets

UPDATE: I’m sad to report that our family lost our beloved Copper – the taste tester for these pill pockets. Since his death, we’ve welcomed a new member of our family. Meet Wilson! We’re so in love with this blue eyed blonde, we’ve started his own Instagram page!

GBG List of 3: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, Growing Hair, What Books to Read

List of 3

This week is just a round-up of links to stuff I love. Hope you enjoy!

At least one morning a week I listen to the Sorta Awesome podcast. It’s like having a conversation with some of my best girlfriends while I get ready.

In one episode they talk about Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken. It seriously sounds amazing and I’m adding it to my meal plan this week!

It’s the time of year when Brussel sprouts are plentiful. These are also making my meal plan.

Could this be the natural remedy to growing hair? And do you think I can spot treat my bangs that got cut too short for my liking? 😉

I read every night before bed as my way to wind down. Loving this list of What the World’s Top Authors Say You Should Be Reading.

FYI – I’m deep into the Inspector Gamache series right now.

What Halloween candy will you be passing out?

Finally, I’m always looking for lunchbox inspiration. If you find yourself in that camp too, here are 30 great packed lunch ideas.

Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

Did you catch my recipe for The BEST Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread this week?

What’s making your list this week?

Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

Rosemary Red Potatoes in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)

As a side dish, red potatoes with rosemary in the slow cooker could not be easier.

Here are the easy video instructions:

Can’t see the video? Head here.

Here is the printable recipe:

Red Potatoes with Rosemary in the Slow Cooker (VIDEO)


  • 3 pounds red potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Cut red potatoes into quarters.
  2. Drizzle with the olive oil.
  3. Season with salt and add the rosemary. Toss.
  4. Line slow cooker with foil. Seal potatoes in foil.
  5. Set slow cooker to high and cook for 2 -3 hours. Or set slow cooker to low and cook for 4-5 hours.
  6. Potatoes are done when they can be easily pierced with a fork.

This would make a great side dish to enjoy over the holidays, or serve it as a side with any meat.

This is the Best Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

The Best Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread

I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the best whole grain pumpkin bread recipe.

No one who eats this will believe it is 100% whole grain.

The bread bakes up unbelievably moist. Then it’s topped with a crunchy streusel topping that is so tasty you will want to eat it all on its on.

Make sure you buy white whole wheat flour. It is a whole wheat flour but it bakes like an all purpose flour.

In addition to the whole grains, I’ve replaced some of the refined sugar with honey.

There is still sugar in this recipe, but if you’ll look for organic evaporated cane sugar, it has more minerals than refined sugar.

whole grain pumpkin bread

I got the idea to use pepitas in my streusel topping from a restaurant in Seattle. My niece and nephew ordered squash bread and it came with a pepita topping. I’m not sure why we traditionally use pecans or walnuts in streusels when pepitas + pumpkin bread makes so much sense!

Whole Grain Pumpkin Bread


  • 1 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons organic evaporated cane sugar
  • 1/3 cup expeller pressed canola oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Struesel
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9x5 bread pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, oatmeal, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together sugar, oil, honey, milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  5. Pour batter into bread pan.
  6. For the streusel
  7. In a small bowl combine all streusel ingredients. Butter should be cut it to resemble small peas.
  8. Top bread with streusel. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  9. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes before attempting to remove from pan.

Happy pumpkin bread baking!

GBGList of Three: The Best Slippers, Little Changes, Tiny House

List of 3

The GBG List of Three. Three things I love. Three things I wanted to share.



That’s exactly how I describe my favorite pair of slippers.

I used to buy whatever slippers I found at Target. But I inevitably wore them out during one season, which meant I was buying a new pair every year.

I went to throw out my last pair of worn out slippers and thought – slippers aren’t supposed to be disposable. So last year I did some research into eco-friendly slippers. That’s when I found Halfingers.

Here’s what made me invest in a pair:

  • Boiled wool is a breathable material – meaning your feet won’t sweat
  • Breathability also means you can wear them year around – they’ll keep your feet at the optimum temperature
  • Unlike cheap pairs of slippers, there is built-in arch support
  • No skid soles are perfect for my hardwood floors

Halfingers are more expensive than the slippers I’ve previously purchased. That said, I find them to be worth every penny.

I’ve linked to the clearance selection at You can find several pairs on there that are reasonably priced. If you don’t see anything you like, there is a good selection on Planet Shoes and DANG are the styles CUTE! It’s worth a quick scroll through the selection.

I’m going on year number 2 of wearing these slippers virtually year around. They barely show the wear. I feel certain I am going to get several more years wear before needing a new pair. And yes, I will be buying another pair of Halfingers.

Little Changes: Tales of a Reluctant Home Eco-Momics Pioneer

Little Changes

In honor of breast cancer awareness month, I’m reading Little Changes.

Let me be honest. Anything non-fiction is never going to be my number one book choice.

However, the story of Kristie Marsh’s battle with breast cancer and her crusade to help others make little changes to better their odds of never having to fight the same fight, is inspiring.

From the book:

In the moments between “You have cancer” and the soft thud of the phone on the maple dresser, my life took on new meaning. Every cell, every nucleus in my body aligned with primal intent: survive to be a mother to my children.

That hit me right in the gut. I love that she transformed her story into one in which she really wants to educate others on the hidden toxins in our lives.

Kirstie is a true eco-mommy and her book will give you with a wealth of information for choosing wiser.

Check it out from your library or get your copy from Amazon.


Tiny House Nation

Do you watch Tiny House Nation? It’s on the FYI network. (You can also watch on HULU or pay for episodes on Amazon. Plus, I think there are other Tiny House shows out there, this just happens to be the one I’ve seen.)

Can I just tell you how fascinated I am?

These houses are so tiny!!!! 336 square feet for 4 people?!?!?!

I grew up in the 80s, the era of the McMansion. A time period during which I watched small, cottage sized houses get scraped to make way for lot-line to lot-line homes.

But the tiny house. Is it here to stay? How many people will make this minimalist choice?

I find myself wondering: Could I do it? What would we do with all the free time we’d have if we weren’t dealing with the upkeep on our house? How long could I last without wanting to kill someone?

What do you think about the tiny house movement?


If you need a giggle, I loved this video:

Click here if you can’t see the video.

In case you missed it, I love this recipe for All Natural Homemade Apple Butter. No sugar is added!

All Natural Homemade Apple Butter