Christmas is officially over and, for many, that means a week of cramming trying to come with their resolutions for New Year's. Normally I don't bother because I don't have any faith in myself for sticking with them past a week ... but I do have some ideas if I was going to make resolutions which I'll share with you in the next day or so ... and one big suggestion as to something that could help you with keeping yours which I'll share with you now!
I have to warn you that this may come off as one enormous advertisement for Amazon and, in a way, it is. After all, the links here will all be hooked up with my affiliate account and I do earn a fraction of purchases made ... but you're cool with that, right? Most of what I bring in from Amazon goes straight back to them by way of other affiliate links from other blogs so it's just sharing the love.
My biggest recommendation for helping out with your resolutions (whether they be for New Year's or some random Thursday or whatever): an Amazon Prime membership. An annual membership is currently $79 but if you're new to the program you can sign up and get a free trial month so that's 13 months for $79 ... or only pennies over $6 a month. Less than Hulu+ ... less than Netflix ... and SO totally worth it. Even during the trial period you can (copied directly from Amazon):
* Instantly watch over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with titles for everyone
* Borrow books from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library
* Get unlimited FREE two-day shipping with no minimum order size
So. How is this supposed to be able to help with those resolutions?
If you have a Kindle you can borrow over 350,000 books. Cookbooks. Health and fitness books. Best sellers to read while treadmilling or biking. Whatever. No due date. No hassle. The only downside I see with the entire Prime deal is that the book borrowing is only good if you have an actual Kindle and not just the Kindle app. (I've actually considered buying one just to take advantage of this!)
And the free two-day shipping? Who doesn't love that? ESPECIALLY since Amazon sells just about everything. Fitness gear. Clothing. Gadgets. Electronics (big and small). Food (even for special dietary needs like gluten-free). Books. Movies. CDs. You name it -- they probably have it. As long as it ships through them it can be on your doorstep in two (business) days.
My absolute favorite part of Prime, though: the videos.
The instant video selection is amazing. I have access to Hulu+ and Netflix as well as apps through my cable company, but Amazon is typically my go-to when I'm on my bike nowadays. Their movie selection is pretty similar to that of Netflix from what I've seen but I'm more in love with the shows/seasons that they have like my beloved Downton Abbey & Mr. Selfridge that I can rewatch almost as often as I can rewatch Doctor Who (which they also have), practically every Nickelodeon show ever (or at least the ones my 7 year old cares about -- and some that are new to him like the good ol' classic Doug), and Daria. What kind of geek girl would I be if I didn't have a long-standing obsession with her?!?
But the BEST part of Amazon Prime's Instant Videos? They have stuff like this:
Yep. Jillian Michaels can kick your butt in the privacy of your own home for thirty days for free with the trial membership ... and, of course, longer after that if you decide to stick with Prime. There are others too -- Denise Austin, Jane Fonda, Billy Blanks Jr, tons of yoga and tai chi. I have the Amazon Instant Video on my iPad and have been tempted more than a couple of times to pull up one of their workout videos while at work. All I need to do is remember to do so away from view of our security cameras. Heck, I even did a #doodleaday over my love for their selection!
Haven't convinced you that Prime will rock your socks (Amazon sells those, too, by the way)? Don't forget there's that FREE 30 DAY TRIAL you can sign up for. Decide for yourself and reap the benefits for a month ...