Listen up, fellow moms! Amazon has just added a new product that you might be interested in!
Set to roll out later this year is Prime Book Box, a subscription service for hardcover kid's books. The books are selected by editors that work for Amazon, and will be $23 per box. You may be wondering if the new service is worth the price. Amazon did the math for you and they report that the price for the service saves you 35% "below the cumulative list price for the books in the program."
The books will be divided up by age groups:
These books can be delivered every 1, 2, or 3 months.
Amazon released the following statement:
"These books include classics that have stood the test of time as well as hidden gems that our Editors couldn’t put down—stories that your reader can enjoy again and again. We will also use your recent purchase history to avoid including a book you have already purchased on Amazon.com."
Some sample titles in the program include:
For those of you who have children younger than 2 years old, you can opt for 4 board books instead of the hardcover books. If you have older children, you can opt for novels or two picture books.
If you're interested in signing up, click on the link below and request an invitation.
Readers: Will you be signing up for the program when it rolls out later this year? Let me know in the comments below.
Amazon Alexa has been in the press quite a bit lately. Remember when Alexa was buggy and randomly laughed at you? Remember when Amazon Alexa would glow red out of nowhere?
Amazon Alexa remembers and wants to make amends, by helping you remember important pieces of information and important dates.
Last week at a conference in France, Amazon unveiled a new feature called "Remember This." The feature will allow users to store important dates, information, names, and more in the popular Amazon Assistant gadget.
For example, if you want to remember someone's birthday, tell Alexa: "Alexa, remember (insert name here)'s birthday is (insert birthday here)."
Alexa will respond with: "Okay, I will remember that (insert name here)'s birthday is (insert name here)."
When you need to recall the birth date, simply say: "Alexa, when is (insert name here)'s birthday?"
Alexa will respond with: "This is what you told me, (insert name here)'s birthday is (insert date here)."
Alexa can also help you remember people's clothing sizes, upcoming trips, pet names, where you packed personal items, and your child's teacher's name. Also, if you cannot remember anniversary dates, tell Alexa the date and she will remember it for you (just make sure you ask for the date periodically so you don't miss your anniversary, LOL).
The new feature rolled out to US users as of today.
If you were on Facebook during the late morning, you probably noticed something strange about each story in your newsfeed. Underneath articles, friends posts, ads, and more, you may have noticed a button that says "Does this contain hate speech?" You weren't the only one. Millions of people noticed the button and were quick to bring it up on social media.
Less than an hour later, the button disappeared.
Facebook released a statement this afternoon, stating that the social media platform was conducting an "internal test," and that the test went live accidentally.
Facebook has since disabled the button.
Facebook is designing the button after it had come under fire for not acting on curbing hate speech in various countries throughout the world. CEO Mark Zuckerberg held an F8 conference on Tuesday and told people that the company is working on ways to keep people safe.
Readers: Did you see the button? Do you think it will help curb hate speech on Facebook? What can Facebook do to keep users safe? Let me know in the comments below.
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Despite being in my infancy in terms of my walk with God, I find myself feeling stronger as each day passes. A little over a month ago, I started going back to Church. Little did I know, that day I would be beginning a journey that would change the course of my life forever.
Joining Embrace Grace, a program for women who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, has transformed everything for me. I've learned that the first step in order for me to be a good mom to my son (who is due anytime now), is to forgive my mother. My childhood was extremely hard. It was full of abuse and neglect, and for decades I carried the weight of pain, hate, and resentment. Now that I am bringing my own child into the world, a lot of that pain has bubbled to the surface, and it almost cost me my walk with God.
Last night's Embrace Grace class was about forgiveness. We did an exercise where we closed our eyes and just went into prayer. During that time, memories of my childhood bubbled up like volcano lava. I became angry, upset, and to be honest, I almost walked out of there. I battled the anger and asked God to instill peace in my heart and soul. I spent the majority of the night praying over the situation. It took several hours, but I was able to feel peace in that part of my soul that had been damaged for so long. Reliving those memories was extremely hard, but I needed to put it in God's Hands so I could be free, my mother could be free, and so my son could be free. I want to bring my son into the world with a clean slate. I don't want to resent my child because of what I experienced in my childhood. I don't want to have history repeat itself.
This morning, I felt myself sliding backward and some of those lies that I been repeating to myself for years resurfaced. I kept screaming NO from the depths of my soul. I decided to put on some music, and the first song I felt led to listen to is "Declaration: This is It," by Kirk Franklin. I absolutely love that song. It definitely helps me battle against an enemy that is obviously feeling threatened by my new walk with God. I felt those lies slowly go away and all that was left was me and God, battling against fear, resentment, pain, and lies.
After I spent time listening to music and battling through the lies, I spent time in prayer, asking God to continue His work in me. I started to realize that the pain from my past was almost GONE! Then I researched scripture about forgiveness. There are two verses that really popped out to me that I'm about to post EVERYWHERE in my house:
I truly believe that the tiny little human in my belly has completely saved my life. I never would have gone to Church if it weren't for him. I never would be putting so much effort into healing, forgiving, and my relationship with God, if it weren't for what happened last year.
I am indebted to the men and women at my Church for their friendship, prayers, positivity, and love. I am also grateful for Embrace Grace for the changes I am currently going through. This program is helping me become the mom and the woman I am meant to be.
While I was praying this morning, I knew that my grandparents in Heaven (on my dad's side) were celebrating my progress. My grandparents helped my dad raise me from age 8 to 18. Both were believers. My grandmother had a faith that was so strong, it could move mountains. She may have been this tiny, frail older woman, but she had a spirit that could bench-press the biggest of obstacles. She worked tirelessly to instill the same in me (obviously, it has taken me a while lol). I know now that she is up in Heaven, crying tears of joy and happiness. I can pass the same on to my son. She left a legacy that I will be continuing.
I know that I sound preachy and everything, but I'm writing from the heart. This is Unfiltered Perspectives after all. I can post how I feel, and I do it in hopes that it helps someone else. When it comes to forgiveness, it is difficult. When you forgive in the name of Christ, it will change your life forever. Trust me on this one, LOL!
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