Helping women with chronic illnesses

Shopping From Home… Amazon Style!



This post is different than my usual ones. Please bear with me. (To my new readers, please understand that this is not a typical post).

If the idea of doing even a portion of your shopping from home appeals to you, please read on… On second thought, please read on regardless. Who knows? You might decide to shop differently this year after reading this.

The list:

Long lines…
Gas money…
Cranky people…
The toll on your body…
Large expenditure of time…


I don’t know about you but I don’t care for malls. For me, the biggest deterrent is that malls inevitably expose me to fragrances that make me sick. Between the candle and fragrance stores, the shoppers wearing fragrances, and the store employees wearing fragrances plus the hair and nail salons within malls… the toxins in the air trigger my multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) symptoms to the point where I have actually passed out from inhaling something my body couldn’t handle.

You may not have MCS like me but I’ll bet there is something you can relate to in “the list” above. Some of you may shop online. Some may do a portion of shopping online and a portion at the mall or other stores. Some don’t do any online shopping.

If you do any online shopping, I just wanted to take a moment to make you aware that if you are considering making any Amazon purchases, doing so using any of the Amazon ads on my blog results in a small referral fee for me. If you order the exact same item directly from the Amazon site without accessing Amazon via one of my blog ads, I do not get a referral fee.

Please note: If you place an Amazon order through my blog ads, the price you pay for your purchase is no different than if you ordered directly from Amazon’s site.

If the idea of shopping from home in your comfy piggy slippers appeals to you and if you’d like to avoid at least some of the traffic, lines, and commotion associated with mall shopping, please take a moment to check out the special deals and sales Amazon has going on now. They have some major discounts.

As I mentioned in this previous post, my husband is currently out of work.

Thanks in part to the fact that I go to great lengths not to go to malls (and even grocery stores), we use Amazon for some everyday items that we used to get from the grocery store… for less. There are special deals going on now on Amazon. Many items are eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping on orders of $25.00 or more. Anyway, we have always been happy with Amazon’s prices, selection and speed.

I would like to thank those of you who have been supporting my blog through its Amazon ads all year long. I greatly appreciate your support.

So, I just wanted to post this to make people aware of my Amazon ads (which are much more numerous than usual because of the holidays).


This post is just my way of letting people know that clicking on any Amazon ad on my blog at any time of the year to make a purchase from Amazon does result in a small referral fee for me. I have been blogging for 2.5 years. I have lost money in that time. Last year, I chose to migrate from “Jeanne’s Endo Blog” on Blogger to Chronic Healing on self-hosted WordPress. I’m very happy to have transferred from my former blog to my current one but it did cost money to make the switch and it would be wonderful to be able to recoup some of that cost with some Amazon referrals.

The purpose of this blog is to help people, to act as a place where patients can have mutual support, and as a resource for chronically ill patients. I am not looking to make a profit but, yes I must admit… breaking even would be nice.

Longtime readers of my blog know that I only do a couple of posts such as this per year and that they are not my favorites to write. I am not a good salesperson. In fact, I strongly dislike selling things (even just selling the idea of shopping Amazon, as I am doing in this post). The fact is that many people are making Amazon purchases and if I don’t let people know that making them by clicking on any of my Amazon ads gives me a referral fee, they won’t know. So, it’s my job to get the word out.

So, I just wanted to make people aware of my ads. I’m sure some of you remember me writing about them last year. Granted, my blog ads are hard to miss lately because I, admittedly, have added quite a few of them. However, not everyone pays much attention to ads when reading blogs (or necessarily understands that the way the Amazon ads work is that I get a referral fee for any purchases made from Amazon through my blog). I have learned that if I don’t explain/mention it, people generally have no way of knowing how they work or they forget about them… and some of those same people do shop Amazon.

Thank you to the people who have made purchases in just the last few days. I was pleasantly surprised when I logged in yesterday to discover several items had been newly ordered. (By the way, Amazon doesn’t show me who made the purchase. I just see what items were purchased). Whoever you are, I just wanted to thank you if you happen to be reading this!

OK… that’s the end of my shameless plug for Amazon links on this site. 😉

Thank you!

P.S. On a separate note, there is a brand new Chronic Healing page on Facebook. Why not join us there too? Thank you.

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1 AmandaNo Gravatar { 11.26.10 at 2:14 pm }

I hope you get some good referral fees in time for the holidays… Tim and I are literally buying the bare minimum this year: a free range turkey from a friend as our contribution to Christmas Dinner at his parents’, homemade cookies for friends, and an item of clothing for our nieces and nephew. We would love to do more Christmas shopping, for the joy of giving, but we simply cannot afford to. Otherwise, you know I would be doing most of it online ;o)
.-= Amanda´s last blog ..This Time Last Year =-.

2 EndochickNo Gravatar { 11.26.10 at 4:43 pm }

I was stupid. I went to Wal-Mart. I am now sitting down, my PJ’s back on, and pointing my browser to Amazon. Time to take advantage of my 2 days free shipping and no stress xmas shopping.
.-= Endochick´s last blog ..Pain &amp Facebook =-.

3 JennNo Gravatar { 11.26.10 at 4:54 pm }

I can’t stand malls! And the thought of “black Friday” shopping makes me nauseous!!

I think it is great you wrote this post. (I know it is not an easy thing for you to do). I hope many people use your Amazon ads this holiday season. I have only bought one present so far, so I have lots of shopping to do. I will definitely use your ads if I’m shopping on Amazon.

4 JeanneNo Gravatar { 11.27.10 at 2:46 am }


Thank you. I hope so too. After 4 months of lost income and counting, I’ll be grateful for any referrals I can get. The ads are there year-round, of course. This is just the time of year they have been most productive in the past. It sounds like you have everything well-planned for the upcoming holidays. You are always so organized. 😉 Speaking of online shopping, I hope that you get lots of customers at Amanda’s Patch this holiday season! (Readers, be sure to click Amanda’s link to check out her shop).


Hmm. Well, I don’t ever shop at the “W” store (for many reasons) but I can honestly tell you there is no place I’d rather not be than there on the day after Thanksgiving. For me, that ranks even worse than stepping foot in a mall. I’m glad you made it back home in one piece and did the pajama-clad Amazon shopping. Thank you!! 😉


I know! I wouldn’t have stepped foot in the mall today if someone paid me. Literally. It would not be worth the risk to my health. There is just no way. In the past few years, there is one specific thing per year we go to the mall for and that’s it. Other than stepping foot in a mall for one very brief time annually, I stay away from them.

Thank you. No, it’s not an easy thing for me to do – but I realize I’d be silly not to. Having the ads on my blog and not bothering to point them out or explain how they work at the busiest shopping time of the year would really be a wasted opportunity. Even if my husband were to get a call on Monday telling him that he got the job at the company he’s interviewed eleven times with, we have still lost 4 months of income. So, I have to do what I have to do. Thank you, Jenn, for keeping my ads in mind for your future shopping! It’s Amazing how much is available on Amazon now. We save lots of gas money by using Amazon rather than driving to various stores. 😉



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