My dad called recently to ask if I had ever heard of a “little website” called Amazon because he just placed his first order. Yes, in 2017. Bless his heart, how cute is that?! I truthfully have no idea how he went so many years without it because I am completely addicted, specifically to Amazon Prime.
Today I’m rounding up my absolute favorite Amazon purchases, because if there’s one thing I love more than Amazon Prime, it’s hearing what other people order…so I can buy the same for myself!
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- Wunderbrow Brow Gel. The gorgeous Orly Shani (Home & Family, The DIY Designer) turned me on to this brow gel last year and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s a waterproof, transfer-proof, colored brow gel that fills and shapes your eyebrows making them fuller and more defined. It looks super natural and does not budge until you are ready to wash it off. A little bit goes a long way, too.
- Kaitlyn Pan Microsuede High Heel Over the Knee Thigh High Boots. AKA the best Stuart Weitzman Highland dupes, ever! I didn’t understand the hype when everyone started wearing the SW boots a few years ago. The thought of dragging $800 suede boots through Connecticut’s winter snow and slush gave me extreme anxiety. I also couldn’t justify spending so much on an over the knee boot—I’m a stay at home mom, after all. How many times would I realistically be able to wear them? I somehow stumbled upon these lookalikes shortly after William was born, ordered them on a whim (in the color olive) and fell head over heels in love! I’ve gotten so much more use out of them than I thought, too, and at only $99, I don’t feel as guilty getting them a little scuffed up.
- Tracy Anderson Workout DVDS. I am a HUGE fan of Tracy Anderson. Her workouts are without a doubt the most effective workouts I’ve ever done and she will make you feel muscles you never knew existed. They are also pretty fun! I have every single DVD of hers available on Amazon, many of which have video versions as well. I also loved her pregnancy and post-pregnancy DVDs.
- Dead Sea Mud Mask. As I’ve mentioned in every single post (in one way or another…bitter, much?), my skin went berserk during pregnancy. I had new zits popping up constantly and I felt totally helpless. A friend of mine recommended this and I swear to God, it worked like magic for me. I saw a difference after just one application.
- Baby Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit. If you read this post, you know I’m serious about sleep! After we were done swaddling William, we transitioned him to Merlin’s Magic Sleepsuit and had tremendous success. I swear William smiled every time I zipped him up in it, I think he felt like he was getting wrapped up in a big, fluffy down comforter. The suit is meant to muffle your baby’s startle reflex to keep him/her from waking up in the middle of the night once they have outgrown the traditional swaddle. We used this from months 3-5, until William was regularly squeezing his arm out of the neck hole. If you order it and love it, I suggest buying another one (to have 2 suits total) so that you can have one handy to use while you’re washing the other because they can take a while to air-dry. Note that once your baby flips from his/her back to his/her stomach while wearing the suit, you must discontinue use immediately.
- Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra. This bra was the biggest game changer for me! It’s one of my new mama must-haves and I honestly don’t think I could have pumped as much as I did without it. While it may not be the sexiest thing you’ve ever seen, it’s 10000000% necessary. This frees up your hands so you can actually do something other than listen to that God-awful chugging sound your pump makes.
- Mumi&Bubi Solids Starter Kit, Baby Food Freezer Storage Trays. I was obsessed with making my own baby food when William first started solids, and I quickly fell in love with these Mumu&Bubi freezer storage trays. Each “kit” comes with 2 trays with 21 1oz cubes. Simply steam and puree your fruit/veggies, pour into the trays, pop in the freezer and voila…you have perfectly portioned baby food!
- Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. This stuff is my absolute FAVORITE! It’s a TOTAL pain in the ass to mix and will definitely make a mess but it’s so, so, SO worth it. You are supposed to mix the clay with equal parts water or raw apple cider vinegar—I only use it with raw apple cider vinegar, as many reviewers believe it to be more effective—apply a thick layer and let dry for ~15-20 minutes. You get a tingling sensation as it dries and my face practically radiates after I remove it.
- Organic Cotton Baby Protective Pillow. If you’re a new mom or about to be a new mom…you’ve most likely heard of plagiocephaly or “flat head syndrome.” If you aren’t familiar, you can read a little about it here. We used this protective pillow anytime William was on his back as a newborn…during diaper changes, using his play mat, reading him books, etc. I can’t say whether or not this had any impact on his head shape because obviously I’m no pediatrician, but it gave me some peace of mind to know that this pillow supported his head whenever he was lying down. I’ll most definitely use this again with baby #2. Note though that it is NOT to be used when the baby sleeps!
- Glasslock Storage Containers. I’m horribly lazy when it comes to cleaning out our refrigerator; it’s one of my most dreaded tasks. I kept finding myself throwing out those cheap, plastic storage containers because they always retained a color and/or smell of whatever leftovers had been marinating in them. I bought these glass storage containers last summer and have to say they have been one of my favorite purchases of all time. They are microwave, dishwasher, oven AND freezer safe. Could not recommend this set more!
- Oogiebear Ear & Nose Cleaner. Again, if you’re a new mom or about to be a new mom, you need to buy this! Yes, even if you already have the NoseFrida. The NoseFrida is without a doubt the best for runny and stuffed up noses, but the Oogiebear is without a doubt the best for hard, dried boogers. It can also help clean out your baby’s ear. It’s a small, soft rubber tool that’s design prevents it from going too far in baby’s nose and ears. The only downside to this product is that it’s super easy to misplace…. which is why I’m the proud owner of 3 of them.
- GroVia Magic Stick Diaper Balm. One of the things that annoyed me the most about changing diapers was sticking my hand in a giant tub of butt paste or Aquaphor. Don’t get me wrong, I love those products…but I didn’t love having to deal with gloopy hands while trying to change the diaper of my squirmy newborn with a tendency to pee on me! I couldn’t believe the popular brands didn’t offer a “stick” version so I took to Amazon and discovered this GroVia Magic Stick. It’s super easy to toss in your purse and use while out because there’s absolutely ZERO mess.
- Natural Aqua Gel Cure. When your favorite beauty blogger describes a product as “A miracle. Crazy. Life Altering. Weird. Incredible. Gross. Voodoo,” you buy it! Read all about it here. I’m beyond obsessed with this and use it about once a week.
- Nutpods Dairy-Free Creamer, Hazelnut. One of the biggest challenges for me during Whole30 was not being able to use my favorite hazelnut creamer in my morning coffee. My friend Rachel told me about this compliant product and it made the remainder of my Whole30 a lot more bearable. Don’t get me wrong; it doesn’t taste nearly as good as the real stuff, but it definitely helped with my craving.
- GEFU Spirelli Spiral Cutter. I’m all for a good, substantial kitchen appliance, but I’m also all for conserving precious cabinet space. This has been the perfect little gadget for spiralizing zucchini, carrots, cucumber, etc. and it hardly takes up any space at all.
- Artificial Real Touch Tulips. Alright, guys…I saved the best for last. But first we need to enter the judgment-free zone, OK? My husband will probably die when he reads this because it is one of my dirtiest secrets: decorating our house with fake tulips. Don’t get me wrong, I love fresh flowers as much as the next girl and few things make me happier than a gorgeous flower arrangement on my kitchen island…but I loathe cleaning out dirty vases and hate how short-lived most of the bouquets I bring home are. One day I decided to buy artificial tulips and I’ve never looked back. The best part is that it took my husband practically an entire year to figure out they were fake! I can only speak to the ones I own—dark red and white—but they look VERY realistic. I promise pictures don’t do them nearly enough justice. Phew, feeling very vulnerable right now.
Have you tried any of these? Do you have anything I need to try immediately? PLEASE let me know.