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Free Amazon Beauty Box

Free Stuff

I love finding free stuff!  I found out that Amazon Prime (you have to be a Prime member) has several boxes with samples that are free.  You pick the box you like, for example, the beauty box, then pay for it.  You will then have a credit to purchase future items that qualify for the credit.  I bought the Beauty Box and there are plenty of things that I can buy later with my credit.  Here’s what I got in my box.  This post contains affiliate links.

I love finding free stuff! I found out that Amazon Prime (you have to be a Prime member) has several boxes with samples that are free. You pick the box you like, for example, the beauty box, then pay for it. You will then have a credit to purchase future items that qualify for the credit. I bought the Beauty Box and there are plenty of things that I can buy later with my credit. Here's what I got in my box.
Beauty Sample Box, 10 or more items ($11.99 credit on select products with purchase)
Beauty Box $11.99

What I Liked Best

My favorite was the Crest White Strips.  I’ve wanted to try these for a long time, but have always hesitated to spend the money for several reasons.  This was my chance to try one out to see if I could tolerate it.  I don’t like my teeth messed with, I hate going to the dentist.  This was pretty painless, but I did have to leave them on for an hour, which was kind of hard.  At least now I know what to expect when I decide to purchase them later on to get the full whitening effect.

What I did with my Box

I used everything in the box, giving a couple of things to my teen daughter.  I think this is a great way to test some new products before your buy.  Check out the other boxes on Amazon.  Just click on the photo below to purchase this box.  You can also see other boxes available on Amazon.  You will also be able to scroll down to see other boxes available, or do a search for “sample boxes for Prime Members”.  Make sure to read the description closely, not all may offer a credit.

Tell me about something you have found for free on the world wide web that you love!

Free Stuff

Free Products with Smiley 360

Try products Free with Smiley 360

Smiley360 is an online community of influential consumers who try products and experiences for free and share their opinions with others, mostly on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  As a member, you will receive offers from the biggest brands and share your experience with that brand, as well as with friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and other consumers like you. Yes, it’s true – being a Smiley member is absolutely free! Brands really want to know what you have to say.

What do you do to become a member of Smiley 360?

Go to Smiley360 and complete a personal profile, then answer all of the survey questions.  You will earn points and badges for each section you complete.  This will also set you up for new missions that fit your profile.

Products I Have Tested

  • Iams Dog Food
  • Centrum Vitamints
  • Culturelle Kids
  • Philosophy Anti-wrinkle Miracle Worker Moisturizer
  • Arm & Hammer Simply Saline Nasal Mist
  • L’Lil Critters™ Twisted Fruit Flavors Complete Multivitamin Gummies
  • Ester-C Effervescent Fizzy Drink Mix

What to Expect

After you complete your profile you may be selected for a new mission.  You will be alerted by email.  Spots fill up fast, so make sure to respond quickly!  I’ve missed a few good missions because I don’t check my email frequently sometimes.  I’ve been using Smiley for just over a year now and have completed the above missions.  A lot of it depends on your profile.  I’ve declined a few missions because I knew it was a product I would not use.

You will be asked to share your opinions on social media and sometimes have the opportunity to post a review on Amazon or the product’s website.  The more social sites you are a member of, the more opportunity to earn points to complete your mission and qualify for new missions.

Keep your surveys updated.  There will be surveys to complete in between missions, these can help you qualify for future missions.

What You Will Receive For Your Missions

What you will receive can vary.  Sometimes you will receive the actual product in the mail, and sometimes you will receive a coupon.




Free Stuff, Kid Approved, Travel

Garden of the Gods

We made our way to the Garden of the Gods after our visit to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Helen Hunt Falls.  Garden of the Gods is Beauty 360 degrees!  The red mountains and with the green trees and grass was stunning!  Garden of the Gods is also perfect for the budget because it is free!

 Visitors Center

 We stopped by the visitors center before we entered the park (that’s where my featured image was taken).  There is a great view of the park from there and you can get a map of the Garden of the Gods fromt there.  Of course there’s a gift shop too for all the fun memorbilia to take home with you.

The Drive

The drive alone is worth a visit!  There are winding roads throughout, so you can drive and see the beautiful sights without even getting out of your car.  

Hiking and More

Of cours we wanted to go for a short hike, that turned into a long hike.  The path was paved, and very easy to hike with an 18 month old. We were lucky there was nice cloud cover, which made for a cooler hike in the early evening. There were quite a few other people hiking and taking photos, but it was not too crowded.  There were a few rock climbers high up with their ropes and equipment.  They are pretty impresive, nothing that I’m willing to do. 

There is so much to see, so you should really make a good amount of time to explore the park especially if you like to hike.  We were pretty tired from our busy day, or we might have stayed longer.  We were also anxious to get back to our retreat and relax in the hot tub.

Where’s your favorite place to hike or explore in Colorado?

Favorite Products, Free Stuff

Book Bub email subscription


I discovered Book Bub a free email subscription a couple of months ago.  If you have a Kindle or other reading device and enjoy reading this is a great free email subscription.  Every day you will receive an email of books that are on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Google, and Kobo.  I use Amazon, but you can choose what you prefer.  You will also select your reading preferences, such as romance, science fiction, children, non-fiction, Christian, etc.  Once you make your selections and subscribe, you will receive an email every day with books on sale, or even free books.  I have downloaded so many free books!  I will probably never be able to read them all.  The great thing, I will always have a book waiting for me to read when I have the time.  I love it so far.  I’ve read several books that kept my interest through the entire book, and only one book that I did not finish (this is usually a rare thing for me) because it was just overly romantic and repetitive.

I highly recommend BookBub if you love to read and like finding good deals!