Things YOU Buy

by Mary on August 11, 2014

As you may know from previous posts, I’m an Amazon affiliate. This means I get a small commission any time someone buys something on Amazon through a link on my site. It’s not a huge amount of money and mostly comes from book recommendations I’ve made like Chris Powell’s Choose More, Lose More for Life, The Triathlete’s Training Bible, and Beat Sugar Addiction Now!.

However, I the other thing I find fascinating about being an Amazon affiliate is that I can see other items people have ordered. (Not who bought them, just that they were bought.) I find it so interesting and I’ve actually bought several items personally after seeing them show up in the list of ordered items. It’s my sneaky way of getting product recommendations from readers!

Since I enjoy seeing what you’ve bought I figured I should share the wealth of info and list some of the items YOU have bought!

gaiam balance ball chairs

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair (Black)

This is such a genius idea. We have the balance balls at work to sit on but I don’t really enjoy it. I’d love to get this chair so I can still improve my core but keep my back happy and healthy.

jillian michaels body revolution

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Ooooh, hope you enjoyed this! I haven’t tried it but other bloggers seemed to love it.

Garcinia Cambogia Extract Natural Appetite Suppressant

NatureWise Garcinia Cambogia Extract Natural Appetite Suppressant and Weight Loss Supplement

I’m intrigued by this and whoever bought it so I plan to research it further today. Does it work? Is it safe?

ball jar mason jars for canning

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars with Lids and Bands, Set of 6

I love mason jars. It’s the Southern girl in me! I wonder if someone bought them for canning, drinking, or another fun use!

bamboo cutting boards

Bamboo Style’s® Premium 3 Piece Bamboo Cutting Board Set.

Bamboo cutting boards are the best.

rolling cart laptop stand

Techni Mobili Deluxe Rolling Laptop Cart with Storage, Chocolate

I really want one of these for my house (yay hardwood floors!). I hope whoever bought this is enjoying it and getting all the great benefits of standing!

neutrogena anti wrinkle cleanser

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cleanser, 5.1 Ounce

This cleanser is actually one of the things I bought after seeing someone else buy it. It’s in my bathroom now and I’ve been using it for a few weeks as part of my plan to take better care of my skin.


Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player

Another item I bought based on it showing up again and again! I LOVE CHROMECAST. It’s been the best item I’ve bought since I moved. So cheap and effective and I’m glad you all are enjoying it!

strong curves book

Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body

This book has so many great reviews on Amazon it’s crazy. I think it might be the next fitness related book I buy. I’d never heard of it before!

reebok balance board

Reebok Balance Board

Y’all are getting fit and working on your balance! Go team!

back scratcher

Kikkerland Telescoping Back Scratcher, Silver

This morning as I was getting ready for work I scratched my back against a doorway. Perhaps I should invest in this gadget too.

nerf gun

Nerf N-Strike Elite Strong Arm

I want to be friends with whoever bought this nerf gun. Let’s have a nerf gun fight!

eatsmart digital nutrition scale

EatSmart Digital Nutrition Scale – Professional Food and Nutrient Calculator

Excellent buy, readers! My EatSmart scales (kitchen and bathroom) have served me well for several years now. Enjoy it!

Feel free to chime in the comments with any awesome products you’ve bought recently!

On a sincere note, thank you and anyone who has ever bought something from Amazon after going through a link on my site. Though it’s not much income wise I do appreciate it and am extremely grateful for the support. The links in this post are also affiliate links so if you choose to go and buy from Amazon via this post I will get a commission again. Thank you!


Shelby Farms Dog Park

by Mary on July 23, 2014

One of our current favorite things to do is visit Shelby Farms Dog Park. It’s a small part of a huge park here in Memphis. It’s a semi-fenced in area of 100 acres where dogs can play off leash in fields, trails, lakes, and ponds. Basically it’s JuJu’s favorite place on earth.

So when I told her PARK yesterday, she couldn’t wait to get in the car. She knows the greatness she is about to encounter.

car ride

Every time we go to Shelby Farms it’s a great chance to practice our doggy behavior. I always make her sit and wait and pose for a photo before she gets her FREE command to run and roam. She’s a pretty good sport about it these days.

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What a cutie, right?

On beautiful days the park is a great place for us both to exercise and enjoy nature. We can walk for hours while JuJu runs and explores and plays with other dogs she meets.

juju at shelby farms

This time our visit to Shelby Farms was extra special because JuJu’s friend Adri came with us! Adri belongs to my best friend who just moved back to Memphis. She’s a Yorkie and Miniature Pinscher mix. You wouldn’t expect my pitweiler and her yorkiepin to be homies, but they have enjoyed hanging out so far. JuJu is great with puppies.

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Adri tried to keep up with JuJu and roamed as much as she could in the large grass but clearly it wasn’t a fair fight.

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JuJu also got to experience her favorite part of the park – swimming! I can stand in the same spot for hours and throw the ball into the lake for her. She’s definitely an island dog – she loves the water. She will play fetch in the water until she literally expends all her energy and can’t swim. Well, this has never happened but I think she might one day run out of energy!

juju at shelby farms

Though she seems to never run out of energy while we are at the park, it definitely wipes her out afterwards! This is the pose she assumes every time we come home from Shelby Farms.

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A tired dog is a happy dog!

If you’re in the Memphis area and haven’t visited Shelby Farms yet, then get yourself out there! There are a ton of recreational activities there besides the dog park. Whether you want to hike, bike, run, paddle, you’ll have the opportunity. Find more info at