Hi! My name's Abi and I do a lot of shopping on Amazon. Like, a lot. I'm greeted by one of those smiley-faced boxes on my doorstep on a pretty regular basis. I thought I'd share with you some of the best purchases I've ever made on Amazon in the hopes that you might find something you'll like too!
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via: AmazonThe best part of having a birdfeeder is being visited by birds (duh). But this window-mounted feeder offers something even better: An up-close-and-personal view of your feathered friends! I just recently put mine on the window in my office and I can't wait until my bird friends come to visit.
via: AmazonThis was one of the first things I purchased after moving into a new apartment. I installed it myself in about five minutes and ever since, my showers are like mini getaways I get to take every day.
via: AmazonThis little sanitizer plugs directly into your outlet and sanitizes and deodorizes the air around it. I have one in both the living room and the bathroom and I think it really makes a difference in making the air feel much fresher.
via: AmazonI was getting sick of having to pick all my various charger cables up off the floor, so I went searching for a solution and found this. I like the wood-grain appearance and the fact that each cable clip fits three different sizes of cables.
via: AmazonPerhaps the best secret in my arsenal of parenting hacks, this milk frother made calcium cool again. My eldest decided milk was gross one day, and images of future osteoporosis flashed before me. Then I remembered she loved the foamy milk on top of cappucino and found this little gadget. It creates mountains of foam and the kids love using it to make "fancy milk", which they request on the daily. #winning
via: AmazonMy favorite hot sauce isn't hot sauce at all. I was introduced to Gochujang Korean Hot Pepper Paste by a Korean friend years ago and it has since become a staple in my fridge. It makes everything better.
via: AmazonHave you ever had a my-phone-is-more-dead-than-yours argument with someone you love? If so, then I suggest buying one of these Charging Station Docks. It tames the mess, and eliminates the competition for chargers.
via: AmazonI'll be honest: The main draw of this product was the fun squeezy-top bottle that it comes with. But it also smells so great and definitely leaves my skin feeling very hydrated and nourished.
via: AmazonI'm so in love with these elastic no-tie shoelaces for making our mornings run much smoother. My kids don't have to fuss with tying shoes and boots when we're trying to rush out the door before they miss the bus, and shoes don't come untied during the day. They also fit adult sizes - you just trim to fit, pop on the plastic closure and go on your merry way! They turn any shoe into a slip-on, the best for moms with no extra hands or lazy people (I qualify for both).
via: AmazonI'm officially a member of the Big Wool Ball club. Seriously, throw out those dryer sheets and fabric softener. These solid wool balls are a wildly popular solution to soft and static-free clothes. They're cheap, and they last forever!
via: AmazonIn my quest for a baby soft face, I decided to up my game from scrubs to some exfoliating gloves. This machine washable pair does wonders with a gentle touch, but a normal touch could pack a punch for rougher areas. Whether you need a clearer face or heels like butter, these gloves have your back.
via: AmazonThe magnetic mount itself clips onto your car vent. Then, you put a thin metal disk inside your phone case for it to connect to. I cannot overstate how convenient this little gadget is. I even make sure to bring it with me whenever I'm traveling and using a rental car.
via: AmazonOur washer and dryer are in a closet in our not-huge bathroom, and our old laundry hamper was too large for the space. Now we have these slim, streamlined laundry baskets (one for lights, one for darks) on wheels that easily roll to and from the laundry closet and hold a decent amount of clothing from our family of four. These would be great for small laundry rooms and apartments as well. They've held up really well for a few years of heavy use so far and look great!
via: AmazonAwhile back I saw a curly hair life-hack video that showed a woman twisting her hair up into a tight, high bun, and wrapping it with one of these Hair Coils before going to bed. In the morning, instead of bent, crushed, messy, horrible curls, her little bun unravelled into neat ringlets and waves. I immediately bought the hair ties and my morning hair is 1000x better than it ever was before.
via: AmazonThese little sticky discs changed my clothes forever. They remove pet hair from your clothes while you wash and dry them! Just toss them in your washer whenever you're doing a load of laundry. The fur will stick to the discs instead of your clothes. You can also use them in the dryer to remove even more hair! They're reusable and safe to use on all types of clothing.
via: AmazonI essentially live in a cave, so my favorite thing to do with this smart bulb is set sunrise alarms. I use the app to set the bulb to slowly brighten to the color of my choice over the course of 30 minutes. In addition to helping me rise and shine, the bulb can emit light in more colors than I could ever choose in my lifetime.
via: AmazonI'm not in school anymore, but that doesn't keep me from using these through my books, journals, calendars, you name it. You could stick them to the beginning of each chapter in your book and take notes covering the most important details.
via: AmazonI used to keep my sponge and dish scrubber balanced precariously on the divider between the two sink halves, and let me just tell ya: It's not great. They constantly fall off into the sinks themselves and are also constantly soggy and kinda gross. Then I got this simple, inexpensive caddy. It hangs off the faucet and provides the perfect little cubby for your sponge. It's like a little home for your sponge friend!
via: AmazonDitch the dirty sponge and grab one of these scrubbers. Unlike other eco-friendly options, they hold suds well, so you rest assured that you’re dishes are getting clean. The best part? They’re machine washable and dishwasher safe, so you can keep using one for up to a year!
via: AmazonJust plug this thing into your computer's USB port and grab a bunch of stuff from around the house to look at (I recommend socks, pennies, and sand!). It magnifies objects up 500 times so you really get an awesome view.
via: AmazonThese are the perfect pens for bullet journaling. I've literally used them every single day for the past two years and they haven't dried up at all (even though I've definitely left the caps off overnight on a few occasions). And speaking of bullet journaling...
via: AmazonWith the exception of clearing up broken glass, there’s not much a broom can do that a vacuum can’t do better. I love using this stick vacuum on hard floors and my low pile area rug. It can also easily get into little nooks and on stairs with the two handheld modes. Contrary to popular belief, filters for this model are available straight from Bissell and I’ve never had an issue stocking up on them.
via: AmazonI’ll be honest, I only really started taking care my face about a year ago, but I’ve grown to love this toner. So many toners rock a million bells and whistles (and price tags to match) when all you really need is witch hazel. This witch hazel toner features rosewater for a pleasant scent and aloe vera — which has definitely helped calm my face down when I over-exfoliate. I never enjoyed using tons of cotton swabs, so I particularly love that they finally started putting this toner in a spray bottle.
via: AmazonI’m the proud owner of a knockout one-piece with a plunging neckline that is a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. This tape sticks fast, well, and it’s waterproof. Peeling it off after a beach day is a price worth its effectiveness.
via: AmazonIt's an aerator, stopper, pourer, filter, and re-corker. Whew! It does pretty much everything except drink the wine for you — thankfully. This simple tool only costs about 5 bucks, but I swear it makes even the cheapest bottles of wine taste much better. I've also used it for coffee syrups, sodas, sparkling waters, cooking oils, vinegars, and more.
These Nail Clippers Will Be The Last Ones You Ever Buy
via: AmazonIf you haven't tried a REAL pair of nail clippers, trust me, you need to. These provide a completely different (and far superior) experience from those $2 clippers. I'm never looking back.
via: AmazonMy husband loves cooking out on the grill, but (surprise), does NOT love doing the cleanup. The Magic Stone makes it easier than ever to scrub all the grease, dirt, and grime off your grill with minimal effort on your part. It's made from heat-treated glass that is completely odorless, non-toxic, and hypoallergenic. It also prevents the spread of E. coli, salmonella, and other harmful bacteria.
via: AmazonYou could say I've got a bit of a shoe problem. They just always fit (unlike pants and swimsuits) and I like lots of footwear options, ok? The clutter drives my hubby crazy so we needed a storage solution that holds lots of shoes in a small space. This over-the-door shoe rack holds an impressive 36 pairs and fits easily on our closet door. There's even space for a pair of his shoes!
via: AmazonI love this little tub of Coconut Oil Cream. I use it daily and my eczema-prone daughter also uses it to keep dry, itchy skin at bay. It doesn't have a strong, lingering, perfume-y smell and it will leave your skin baby soft.
via: AmazonI love my cast iron skillet and am a little obsessive about keeping the seasoning in good condition. The Ringer lets me scrub any baked-on crud off of it without damaging the seasoning. I've been using it for several years with no complaints.
via: AmazonI bought this microfiber hair towel mostly for the button. I wanted something that would stay easily and securely in place, rather than using my giant, cumbersome, and completely not secure regular towel as a hair wrap. What I didn't expect was how much this improved my hair. It really does make it less frizzy and more curly. I don't know how or why, and I don't care. I love this thing.
via: AmazonI took a chance on this air purifier last year when it was pretty new. Over a year later and tons of reviews from those caught in proximity to California wildfires, both me and thousands of people agree that this purifier’s a hit. It has a True HEPA filter — replacements are dirt cheap — that will help you do everything from dusting less to surviving wildfire season with intact lungs.
via: AmazonBeloved by architects, designers, draftspeople, and myself, the German-engineered Rotring 600 may be the perfect writing implement. A solid brass body provides a weighty feel, which, coupled with a nicely knurled grip, allows ultra-precise use. Plus, it just looks really, really cool.
via: AmazonA friend gifted me some adult coloring books last Christmas and the kids' dried-up markers weren't cutting it for the intricate illustrations. Enter this set of 48 gel pens. The colors are amazingly bright, plus the metallics and glitter ones are awesome. These smooth pens are perfect for coloring, doodling or jotting down notes - over 1,000 five-star reviews aren't wrong!
via: AmazonI use these headphones every single day. Not only are they comfortable, they also block out almost ALL noise, and have a surprisingly long battery life for their category (right around 9 hours per charge). Sure, they can't compete with $160 Airpods for ultimate convenience, but considering they're only $27, they're just about perfect.
These Dirt Cheap Drain Snakes Both Disgust And Fascinate Me
via: AmazonDuring my annual New Year health kick I did a search for the bestdigital bathroom scale and found this baby. It's incredibly sleek and thin so you can store it away easily and has been very accurate so far. Super easy to use, just step on and the backlit display quickly pops up with your weight. It even comes with batteries for added convenience!
via: AmazonAs a very pale mom of two redheaded kids, sun protection is non-negotiable in this house. This zinc sunscreen is perfect for faces, and the best part is it's immediately effective so you don't have to apply 30 minutes before going outside. (Which for kids waiting to go in the pool is equivalent to 798 years). Good news is that it's free of Oxybenzone, parabens and other yucky stuff, and it's reef friendly.
via: AmazonThis product really shines if you happen to be applying more than one color with the same brush. Rather than just tapping the brush off or rubbing it with a tissue, simply swirl it on this sponge. It removes all the remaining eyeshadow from the brush, allowing you to switch colors without muddying up your look. You don't have to use any chemicals or wait for the brush to dry!
via: AmazonFor those of us who like to "get the most out of their investments" (aka, drive an outdated car until it's basically dead), the concept of Bluetooth audio always seemed out of reach. Until now. This thing not only charges your phone, it acts as a Bluetooth receiver that hooks up to your car stereo. Voila! My 2004 Highlander has been thrust into the 21st century.
And Now For Something Completely Different. My Favorite Recent Find is This 2-Person Inflatable Kayak
via: AmazonMy husband and I have wanted kayaks for years. But they're big and expensive, and we'd have to invest in a car rack, and a garage rack, and the whole thing seemed like too much of an investment for something we'd only use a few times per year. Then, this summer, we found these 2-Person Inflatable Kayaks. THESE ARE AWESOME. They inflate easily and in no time. They really can fit two adults, but can also easily be used as single kayaks. And the best part is that when we're done, it takes about 5-10 minutes to deflate them and fold them away into their carrying bags to easily fit into our car. Every time we've taken them out people have approached us to ask where they can buy them. I'm starting to think I should be sponsored by Intex.
via: AmazonOk, maybe that's a bit dramatic but it's totally true! As a mom of two ravenous, apple-loving kids, I used to spend so much time chopping fruit into small pieces so nobody chokes. This apple slicer and corer cuts 16 perfect pieces with one push - the best part is the kids can even do it themselves so I can get back to playing Words With Friends.
via: AmazonMy seven-year-old loves helping chop veggies but her current knife skills give me a heart attack. To make sure she keeps all her fingers and doesn't bleed all over dinner, we got her this beginner chef knife and it's working like a charm. The handle is heavy enough and the blade sharp enough to cut crunchy veggies and soft fruit (but not little fingers) and sized right for small hands.
via: AmazonPro tip: Cadbury chocolate you buy in America is basically the same as Hershey’s chocolate. Being an avid cocoa lover, especially in the winter months, I make a point to buy Cadbury Drinking Chocolate from England. In addition to making the coziest cuppas (skip the water, just milk or a milk substitute will melt your heart), this cocoa powder is baking-friendly. My chocolate banana muffins have never been the same!
via: AmazonAs someone with dark skin, I tend to disappear in nightlife photos. Even in this modern age, flash often leads to alien eyes and/or any of my much lighter friends looking like ghosts. This rechargeable ring light clips onto my phone to light both selfies and regular photos. Ghosts, begone! With three brightness settings, I always get great shots without blinding anyone in the process.
via: AmazonLet your tissue box become decor with this little house. It fits standard-sized tissue boxes while looking adorable. Just make sure you remove all of the plastic from the top of tissue box to stabilize it and you’re good to go.
via: AmazonWho can’t use a little more storage space in their shower? This flexible, yet sturdy silicone caddy hooks onto your showerhead and stays put. Little knob hooks on the side are great for loofahs and there are even circular holsters nearly empty product bottles.
via: AmazonThese are so cheap, I ordered a few on the chance they'd work. Well, they do. I swept out literally decades of dust living in the crevices of my windows. Disgusting? Yes. Satisfying? Oh yeah.
via: AmazonNothing attacks sore muscles as thoroughly, and sometimes painfully, as a good foam roller. But even if you're not into that hurts-so-good type of self torture, rolling out your back is the best feeling in the world.
via: AmazonMy 2nd grader still has trouble with the pinch grip, so I was looking for some of the old school triangle-shaped grips I used as a kid. These modern pencil grips are SO MUCH BETTER. One reviewer who's a teacher says they're "perfect for hands of all sizes and learning to hold a pencil correctly". They come in a set of 6 bright colors that my daughter loved and we saw a big improvement in her writing immediately!
via: AmazonI think all the maple syrup bottles I’ve ever bought did the job just fine. This dispenser sits in my fridge holding canned evaporated milk because it makes the perfect cup of tea. Pouring the creamy milk is a spill-free process and I like that the clear glass lets me know exactly when I’m running low. You can use it for its intended purpose or as a table cream dispenser on those big breakfast mornings
Perfect for dry, chapped lips in need of pampering, this 20-pack of collagen masks will moisturize and soothe your lips. Yes, they look hilarious (so definitely take a selfie), but they also come loaded with aloe, strawberry extract, and other healing ingredients. I recommend lying down while wearing them, since they don't stay in place without a little help from gravity.