Well, fast-forward to now and I received an email inviting me to join the Amazon Vine program. It is invite only and I think it is based on how many helpful reviews you have written. Apparently, I have had more than 20,000 people rate my reviews as helpful! So, now I get to select three FREE things PER DAY to receive for free as long as I post an honest review of them! Let me tell you, this has been so fun and the timing has been perfect. I've gotten so many things that i intend to give as gifts and it's like a mini shopping spree every day.
Long story short, I encourage everyone to review their Amazon purchases and maybe you'll get an invite to join too! Also, the items aren't garbage items. So far I've gotten an oil diffuser, record player, cervical support pillow, toy train, hydroponic system, kids electronic watch, clothes, jewelry, handbags, organization items and more. It is legit. Here's a pic of my boys wearing their free via Vine Santa and Elf costumes that I would never have purchased but definitely don't regret getting for free!