Why We Prime

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Happy Monday, all! It’s a wee bit early (6am, which is early for me), but I wanted to make sure I got this post scheduled for you! I’ve had a few emails asking about whether or not it’s worth it to have Amazon Prime. Garrett and I chose to have this service a few years ago, and it has been more than worth it for us! It does cost $99 per year, but you receive free two-day shipping on all Prime products.

This may not fit into your family’s budget right now, and that’s completely ok! If this seems like something you’re interested here, here’s a link for a free trial for Amazon Prime. In addition to the free shipping, we also love their movie and television options that you receive to the point that, between having Prime and Netflix, we’ve decided that we’re cancelling Dish Network. *jaw drop* If you know us in life, you know we likely watch waaay too much tv. I LOVE Food Network, and I have most of Giada’s and Ree Drummond’s shows recorded. My goal for our family right now, though, is to become more purposeful. For us, this includes reducing tv watching. By having two lower cost options (Prime and Netflix), we’ll still have plenty of tv-watching opportunities for family night, friends, etc. But by reducing our options, I hope to find we’re more purposeful with our time and spend more time together as a family.

Thank you for reading! I have more posts scheduled that I wrote this weekend when I was more awake that are a bit longer. 🙂

2017 Announcement #1

Happy New Year! I am so excited about some of the blog changes coming in 2017, and I hope you will be, too!

I feel like I need to make a confession. I am not prim and proper. I simply have a love of all things etiquette. I’m going to take the easy way out and blame it on being a Gemini. 😉 However, to be more authentic, I am adding a series on Everything Emily. I want y’all to see a real life and how etiquette is brought into it. I want to promote etiquette for everyone, and that means showing y’all the times I fail miserably at it. Do I dream of having a perfectly clean house, a guest book ready and waiting by the door and non-sticky kids? You betcha. Do I have any of that? Excuse me while I go laugh for about six hours. Nope. Not even close.

I expect my kids to be polite. I want them to grow up having etiquette as part of their everyday life, but I struggle with the middle ground. I know the implications of not following etiquette too well to just let things always slide. But I also understand the importance of living in the moment. Let me be as clear as I can be. Having kids jump in mud puddle is NOT against etiquette. Co-sleeping, bottle feeding, nursing, cry-it-out – whatever your parenting choice may be – is NOT against etiquette.

Etiquette is simply the bringing together of cultural and societal norms. It varies by region, which is why I state I teach Southern etiquette. It varies by country. I love this so much about etiquette. I don’t want so much sameness in the world that we lose our core values – the same values that make up our etiquette.

If you’re using etiquette to put others down, you’re doing it wrong. If you’re using etiquette to feel superior, you’re doing it wrong. NOTHING about etiquette would ever approve this. Etiquette is about feeling comfortable in any situation, but more than that, etiquette is about making OTHERS feel comfortable in any situation. You may absolutely guide someone if they are breeching etiquette, but if you’re doing it correctly, they’ll never know you did it.

Everything Emily will post weekly. I’m not sure of the day, yet, but I will let y’all know!

Announcement #2 sneak peek. Are y’all following my #southerngracesocialclub? If not, you should. 😉