Cyber Monday deals on Amazon include that hairdryer I raved about last week

Last week I did a post of my favorite things on Amazon. Apart from covering Oprah’s favorite things and linking books, it was the first real affiliate post we’ve done. I love those “Amazon product” posts on other sites and plan on doing a post like this every one to two weeks. We do not get products sent to us and we are not paid to promote anything. If we ever are, that would be awesome and I will tell you about it. We do get an affiliate percentage if you purchase anything, but please consider alternatives too. This is a mix of products I use and products which are on sale.

Several of you mentioned in the comments on the last post that you would like to see skincare products. I use low end skincare and so does Kaiser, but Hecate might have some ideas. (I would ask her but I’m writing this really early EST and she’s on the west coast.) We’ll also consider recommendations for a future post.

The best hairdryer I’ve ever owned is $30 cheaper
Remember that Babybliss Pro Nano Titanium dryer I was raving about last week? It cut my dry time significantly and I have better hair days every day. I couldn’t even find it last week and recommended a similar model. The same one I have is less than $50 today! I paid almost $80 for it so this is definitely a bargain. (Update: it’s back to the normal price but is still an awesome hairdryer.)

A white noise machine that doesn’t loop
You know those sound machines with white noise, rain and ocean sounds where you can hear the pattern if you focus on it? This has no loop and I have no idea how they do it. My son likes to have a fan on at night or some kind of ambient noise. He doesn’t like the dream machine but this works very well for him and he uses it every night. It’s not the cheapest but people love it.

An instant pot for $89
I don’t own an instant pot yet. I’m more of a crock pot person, but my friends who love to cook swear by their instant pots and there are so many recipes and ideas for it. If you’re like me and are considering buying one It’s currently $60 off. It would also make a great gift.

A robot that vacuums for you
This is the exact Roomba that I own, the iRobot Roomba 690, except I paid $318 for it in February and it’s now $250. This will annoy you at first. You’ll put a little piece of lint in front of it and it will bump around the room and miss it. It takes it a while to learn the layout of your house, and it will get caught in places you only learn about by trial and error. (There’s an app for it that will alert you if it gets stuck.) In a week or two you’ll grow to like it, especially when you see all the dust and hair it picks up in your house. (I also own a first generation iRobot mop that only does one room at a time. It’s lasted over five years and I love it, especially for the kitchen. This model is similar.)

Luma whole home wifi
This is a system that extends your wifi router to help eliminate dead spots in your house. (The link above is to a refurbished set for less than $100.) It allows you to set users, access levels and times for internet access. For instance you can set bedtimes for children, limit total internet time, and only allow G or PG-13 rated and below sites. The app is easy to use and the customer service has always been helpful. I’ve had this for almost two years, I found it easy to set up and it’s worked pretty well, but I do have to reset the routers every few weeks. There are many options for wifi mesh networks and this one only has mediocre ratings so you may want to look at other, higher end options from Google and Netgear.

23andme DNA test including health
I paid $200 for this DNA test a couple of years ago. I ran it through Promethease for a $15 extra charge and learned so much more about my health. 23andme immediately found my cousins, my aunts and my mom, who are all on it too. Some people have legitimate privacy concerns about getting their DNA sequenced, which is understandable. It’s very easy to do, you just spit in a cup and put it in the mail. I found it fascinating to learn my ancestry and health stuff, and it’s on sale for $70 off. If you want to buy more than one kit, order from their website as they’re only $100 each today for 2 or more. (It’s the same price on Amazon for one.)

A backup battery so you have internet when power is out
I don’t have a generator in my home, but I do have an APC device that’s similar to this. It’s a surge protector with a backup battery that lasts several hours. You just plug your router into it so if you lose power you can still have internet plus a battery to charge your phones and small devices. I got mine in a lightning deal years ago and it has come in handy during a few power outages.

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23 Responses to “Cyber Monday deals on Amazon include that hairdryer I raved about last week”

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  1. Jay says:

    I’d recommend against the 23 and me. Do you really want the government having all that information on you? Before anyone thinks I’m nuts, remember that several serial killers and rapists have been caught using 23 and me data that cops accessed. Plus, if there are changes to our healthcare laws and we go back to our previous systems, you confident insurance companies won’t use that data to deny you coverage for things or raise your premiums or deductibles? Because I’m not. I have no idea why anyone’s curiosity about their “race” (race doesn’t work like that in terms of expression in DNA anyway) would outweigh these privacy and constitutional concerns.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, that is my concern with 23andme, too. I read about another one that keeps your info private and will enroll you in medical studies if you agree. It’s much more costly than 23andme but seems like it might be safer. I’m curious only because my family believes we are 100% of one ethnicity and I wonder if that’s really true.

    • Hoot says:

      @Jay, I so much agree with you. I’m usually not a conspiracy theorist, but I don’t trust it. I’m fortunate that I already know my ancestry back to my great-great-grandparents. These companies wouldn’t be in this business unless it was highly profitable, and how can they assure you that their research is 100 percent correct?

    • SIlverPoodle says:

      I don’t understand why police using the data to catch CRIMINALS is a bad thing??? If my relatives are rapists or murders, I’d turn them in myself if I knew about it.

      • Darla says:

        Yeah, like is “several serial killers and rapists have been caught through these dna tests” supposed to be a downside?

        Now, the health insurance I admit gives me pause. But I’m still doing it. You have to die sometime. And there are things I want to know having nothing to do with race.

  2. Nona says:

    This morning I told myself, just ignore Cyber Monday! You did enough shopping on Black Friday. Just stay off Amazon and go to Celebitchy and enjoy the posts … and I read this and ended up buying the hair dryer, lol!

    • Mela says:

      Im going to buy that for my mom for christmas (my sister, mom and i use the baby bliss flat irons and LOVE them)

      Update:just bought the hair dryer and got a $5 whole foods coupon with purchase!

    • BlueSky says:

      I got my sister the Instapot last year and she absolutely loves it.

  3. Esmom says:

    Another great post, CB. I love reading these, thanks! Thinking about a couple of these items now, lol.

  4. Polly says:

    I can confirm that hairdryer is the best one that I’ve ever owned as well. I thought I was terrible at hair but it turns out I also had a terrible hairdryer. Since I bought the Nano Titanium blow drying is so much faster that I actually attempt to do my hair and I’ve gotten more complements in the 3 months that I’ve owned it than I have the rest of my life combined. I have thick, wavy/frizzy hair. This also really, really cuts down on the frizz, even in very humid summer weather. Two thumbs up!

    • Darla says:

      Really? Okay, ordering that too then.

    • Darla says:

      Okay got the hair dryer and then a baby bliss defuser for curly hair that came up with “often bought together”.

    • tealily says:

      What are the power settings like on it? I have very fine hair and my current hair dryer is a crazy blast of air that blows it all over the place and tangles it, even on the low setting. Is there a low setting that isn’t SO low that you’ll be there all day drying?

  5. Becks1 says:

    My Roomba is amazing. It’s not the best vacuum in the world – I get a better “clean” when I vacuum with my regular vacuum as opposed to the Roomba, but its that it runs every day and constantly (I think mine lasts for 2-3 hours between charges.) So while a few “swipes” with my regular vacuum will get the rug cleaner than a few swipes with my Roomba, the Roomba will end up doing like 200 “swipes” in that area so it does end up getting cleaner, if that makes sense.

    We have a one story house that is mostly carpet so the Roomba is really key for us. Plus we have a golden retriever. LOL.

  6. launicaangelina says:

    I love this post and look forward to future ones.

  7. Gigi says:

    Does anyone have any recommendations for a curly hair diffuser?

  8. L84Tea says:

    I just ordered it after reading this post. I’ve been needing a pro hairdryer for a while, but once I read the reviews I pulled the trigger. Hope it’s worth it!

  9. Pamspam says:

    Hmm…I’ve actually had that white noise machine in my cart since Saturday and it was $38.95. Just went to check out and now it’s $49. ☹️

  10. Darla says:

    Oh I decided last week I want to do the DNA testing. I know all the downsides. This was a good reminder and I just ordered it through your link.

  11. Charfromdarock says:

    I love, love, love my InstantPot.

  12. IMUCU says:

    That is the sound machine I was looking at last week for myself! Glad to hear it’s a good one. I also found the Nuface Mini for $125, which I thought was a pretty good deal, so I ended up ordering it. I would like a robovac, not for me, but for my husband, but he insists he likes vacuuming!