I buy a lot of stuff on Amazon. Let me rephrase that: I buy WAY too much stuff on Amazon. So I've become a bit of an expert on what products are worth it and which ones are a total waste of money. Trust me.
The following list of products is a compilation of my all-time, hands-down, favorite purchases. Thirty-plus inventions that I keep finding myself using -- and appreciating -- day after day. Trust me on this one, you're going to want to save this link for later reference.
Your bank account might take a bit of a hit, though ;)
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This Skin Tag Remover That's Much Less Horrifying Than It Seems
via: AmazonSkin tags are just plain gross, and I've been blessed with lots of them. Also, it seems like every year I wake up around my birthday with a new one. Why me?! I bet Beyoncé doesn't have to deal with these unsightly afflictions! Luckily, I don't either, thanks to this skin tag remover. Yes, the concept sounds scary, but trust me, it's not. And it really works.
This Freezer Cube That Helps Your Freezer Get It Together
via: AmazonMaking a bunch of meals in advance and freezing them totally saved us when I had my son. Instead of having to worry about prepping ingredients, all we had to do was grab a freezer bag, pop it in the microwave, and we suddenly had a hot, delicious homemade meal without actually having to do any cooking. This freezer cube kept everything neat and tidy so at least one area of our house was organized.
This Portable Door Lock That Gives You Peace Of Mind While Traveling
via: AmazonI love being able to work from anywhere. It allows me to travel to fun and exciting destinations at the drop of a hat without having to worry about taking time off. However, no matter how often I travel, I still get nervous about something happening while I'm so far away from home. This portable door lock gives me peace of mind on my adventures.
This No Show Flat Buckle Stretch Belt Will Change The Way You Think About Belts
These Dish Scrubbers That Put Sponges To Shame
via: AmazonMy husband has put a ban on sponges in our home. He refuses to even touch them and claims that they start to smell like mildew after even 24 hours of sitting in the sink. I can't say I disagree with him, but his stance does make washing dishes rather difficult. These dish scrubbers send stuck-on food packing but don't stink like traditional sponges go. Game-changer!
This Shower Organizer That Holds Your Cleaning Essentials
via: AmazonFor far too many years, my husband and I simply stacked our bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and various other soaps and lotions along the edge of the bathtub. This resulted in no less than five bottles falling into the bottom of the tub every time we showered. I finally got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore and bought one of these shower organizers, and it totally upgraded my showering experience.
These Dirt Cheap Drain Snakes That Pull Out Globs Of Your Disgusting HairI have a lot of hair that always seems to be shedding and falling directly into all of our drains. And I'm not just talking about our bathroom drain. Our sinks are also clogged all the time. So instead of going broke buying Drano every week, I bought a set of these reusable drain snakes. They yank out the gross clumps of hair and keep our drains running smoothly without the use of chemicals.
These Harperton Nail Clippers That People Are Raving About
via: AmazonSometimes I'll buy a product just based on the reviews alone. At first glance, this set of nail clippers looks pretty ordinary. But with over 7,000 positive reviews, I had to see what all the fuss was about. So I bought it. And honestly, it's just a really well made, high-quality set of nail clippers, which everyone should have in their lives.
This Ionic Air Freshener That Takes Your Car From Funky To Fresh
via: AmazonSpeaking of a high-energy dog and a baby sharing a car, those 5-hour-long trips start to smell less than fresh about an hour into our journey. After giving my sister-in-law a ride one day, she gave me one of these ionic air fresheners, which releases negative ions into the air to freshen it and kill bad-smelling bacteria. While I was slightly offended, it was one of the best gifts I've received in a while.
This Garbage Disposal Cleaner That You Probably Didn't Know You Needed
via: AmazonWhen was the last time you cleaned your garbage disposal? If your answer is "never", you're not alone. I didn't know this was a part of my home that I had to clean. But after noticing a funky smell in my kitchen that never seemed to go away, I decided to do some research. Apparently, you not only can clean your garbage disposal, but you probably should be doing it on a somewhat consistent basis. This disposal cleaner is easy to use and does a thorough job.
This Plug-in Air Sanitizer That Helps You Breathe Easier
via: AmazonBringing a newborn baby into your house makes you instantly more aware of all the germs that cover every inch of it. I went a bit crazy after we brought our son home and suddenly bought one of these plug-in air sanitizers for every room. While just one or two would have done the trick, it feels great knowing how much cleaner our air is.
The Magic Tap That Keeps You From Crying Over Spilled Milk
via: AmazonHuge jugs of milk are a pain to pour. I should know, I've literally cried over spilled milk several times. (I may or may not have been extremely pregnant at the time.) This Magic Tap is the quintessential 'product you didn't know you needed'. The milk, juice, or any other liquid of your choice comes out of a spill-proof spout so your life kitchen stays neat and tidy.
This Bottle Cleaner That Does The Scrubbing For You
via: AmazonI try to stay as hydrated as possible. In fact, I have a giant water bottle that I keep on my desk and refill several times per day. And while it's great to have such a healthy habit, I avoid washing it because it's so hard to scrub. These bottle cleaning tablets do the scrubbing for you so you can keep getting your recommended sips in.
This Drawer Organizer for Cutlery That's Perfect For Small Kitchens
via: AmazonWe have a tiny kitchen, and the limited drawer space is always in high demand. Our old utensil holder took up a ton of space, which meant that we were forced to store our larger kitchen tools in the cabinet above the fridge. Easy to access? I think not. This clever cutlery organizer takes up half the space so I no longer have to risk falling off a chair to grab a whisk.
This Magical Spoon That Transforms Into A Ladle
via: AmazonYou know how I feel about utensils that go above and beyond the call of duty, and this spoon definitely fits into that category. The twistable handle transforms it from a serving spoon into a ladle in one quick and easy motion. Why take up more space in your kitchen drawers than you have to? I love using this when I'm making soup since I use the spoon to simmer and stir ingredients and the ladle to serve.
These Oven Liners That Keep Your Stove Clean
via: AmazonCleaning your oven is a horrible, horrible job, which is why I avoid it at all costs. And while there is that "self-cleaning" setting, every time I use it the entire house fills with smoke and I'm worried I'm about to burn it down. These oven liners fit perfectly on the bottom so they catch any crumbs, grease, and various juices and easily rinse off for easy clean-up. Genius!
This Mold & Mildew Remover Gel That Does The Dirty Work For You
via: AmazonRemember what I said about my mother-in-law's immaculate house? I once noticed how clean and mildew-free the grout was in her shower and asked her what her trick was. She immediately pulled out a bottle of this Skylarlife Home Mold & Mildew Remover, which she swears by. And now that I've used it a few times, I'm a total believer.
These Fruit Fly Traps That Solve An Annoying Problem
via: AmazonEvery summer, our house becomes infested with fruit flies. If we leave out a single piece of fruit for more than an hour, suddenly there are millions of them and they're impossible to get rid of. That is, until now, thanks to these amazing fruit fly traps. We leave them in strategic spots throughout our kitchen and those poor little guys don't know what hit them.
This Pocket Microscope That Gives You A Totally Different View On The World
via: AmazonIf you ever want to gain a whole new perspective on the world around you, invest in one of these pocket microscopes. I bought one for my nephews last year for Christmas, and after we spent a few hours playing with it I couldn't stop myself from picking one up for myself. A word of warning, though: If you're a hot dog lover like my husband, try to avoid looking at one magnified to 120x. It's not pretty.
This Dish Drainer Mat and Rack That Makes Washing Dishes Less Awful
via: AmazonFor far too long, I used a dishrag as a drying rack. I'd lay it on my counter and place pots, pans, and other non-dishwasher safe items on it to dry and then become frustrated at my soaking wet countertop and awkward jumble of dishes. I needed a sleek alternative that got the job done more efficiently. This dish drainer is a drying mat and rack in one, and it's so chic that I'm proud to display it in my kitchen.
This Acupressure Mat That Transforms Your Back
via: AmazonHere's the thing you need to know about this acupressure mat: The first few times you use this thing, it hurts. A lot. In fact, I may or may not have screamed a little bit. But after reading the reviews, I expected this, and I didn't give up. I used it a few more times, and by the third go, I was hooked. My back felt amazing, the aches and pains that usually plagued me from the minute I woke up were gone, and the pain was SO WORTH IT.
This Hair Detailer That's A Must-Have For Pet Owners
via: AmazonI have an extremely active 5-year-old Blue Heeler, and while you may not be able to tell just by looking at her, she sheds roughly 5 pounds of dog hair every hour. Our house is constantly covered in tumbleweeds of fur, and no matter how often we vacuum I feel like I always have stray hairs all over every outfit. This hair detailer is somehow able to remove even the most stubborn dog hair in an instant. I don't know how it works, but I cannot live without it.
This Lower Back Stretcher That'll Make You Feel Like A Whole New Person
via: AmazonI cannot say enough good things about this lower back stretcher. It basically saved my life during the last few months of my pregnancy. I used to lay on it for hours at the end of the day when my back was especially painful and it provided the relief I needed to be able to sleep at night. I've even gotten one for a few of my pregnant friends.
The Handy Scraper That Gets Into Every Nook And Cranny
via: AmazonDo you ever find yourself trying to clean some grime out of a tiny crevice and wishing you had a tool made just for the job? That's exactly what led to the Handy Scraper's existence. Its unique design makes it the perfect tool for scraping off adhesives, cleaning tight spaces, prying open cans, or any number of other tasks around the house. This listing is for a pack of three so you can keep them wherever you might need 'em.
This Tiny Gadget That Charges Your Devices And Adds Bluetooth Functionality To Your Car
via: AmazonI have a fairly old car that doesn't have Bluetooth built into it. So, in order to modernize it a bit, I bought this Anker SmartCharge device. It plugs right into my USB outlet and allows me to make hands-free calls while also charging my devices at the same time. So for under $25 bucks, I was able to give my car a MAJOR upgrade.
This Battery Organizer That Makes Your Junk Drawer Less Junky
via: AmazonThe junk drawer is an absolute necessity. Where else can you throw your random assortment of screws, take-out menus and rubber bands that you might use one day but probably won't? Another popular junk drawer addition is batteries. I've had tons of batteries of all different sizes taking up space in the drawer in my kitchen, and it wasn't until I bought this amazing battery organizer that my drawer suddenly looked a whole lot less junky.
This Wine Wand That Keeps Wine Cold Without Watering It Down
via: AmazonWine time is a sacred time in my home. I look forward to my evening glass of red all day long, and I can finally enjoy it without the side effects because of these wine wands. If you suffer from headaches caused by sulfites and histamines found in wine, but this product immediately. Simply set the wand in your glass and sip to your heart's content.
This Teaspoon and Tablespoon Set That Has A Brilliant Design
via: AmazonI've had the same set of measuring spoons since college, and they're so old at this point that most of the measurements have worn off, meaning that I basically have to guess which one is the 1/3 tablespoon and which one is the 1/2 teaspoon. This might be why my baked goods always seem to turn out terribly. This teaspoon and tablespoon set has a brilliant design that slides to reveal the various amounts, meaning they ensure precise measurement and take up less space in your drawers.
This Egg Timer That Makes Perfect Hardboiled Eggs Every Time
via: AmazonAm I the only one who finds it extremely difficult to hard-boil an egg? They always turn out overdone and dry or underdone and gooey. And as someone who loves hard-boiled eggs, this causes me a lot of frustration when I'm trying to cook myself a healthy, protein-packed lunch. This egg timer couldn't be easier. Simply throw it in the water with your eggs and it'll tell you when you're done.
This Shampoo Brush That Reduces Dandruff And Dry Skin
via: AmazonMassage your dry skin and dandruff away with this shampoo brush. My scalp is itchy for a solid four months over the winter, and I'm basically unable to wear black because of the ridiculous amounts of dandruff. But with this brush, I simply load it up with shampoo, start massaging, and I'm left with a cleaner, less itchy scalp and get a relaxing spa treatment at the same time.
These Scratch Off Notes That Are Way More Fun Than Post-Its
via: AmazonI'm a huge believer in sticky notes. They're covering my desk, computer screen, and, weirdly enough, I even have a few on my bathroom mirror. I just feel more productive when I use them, even if I don't actually remember to do whatever it is I'm reminding myself of. These sticky notes have an extra fun twist: You scratch off the black coating to reveal multicolored the madness underneath!
This Outlet Shelf That You'll Want In Every Room
via: AmazonI love to listen to podcasts in the kitchen when I'm cooking or cleaning, and since it's constantly dying, I always have it plugged in on the counter. The issue is that my tends to get covered in soapy water or whatever food I'm cooking. This, as you might imagine, is not good for my phone. Being able to set my phone on a shelf while it's charging? Genius!
These Towel Hooks That Hold On Insanely Tight
via: AmazonTake a second to think about your bathroom floor. Is it clean? Would you feel comfortable wiping your face on it? Because that's basically what you're doing with your bathroom towel if it tends to slip off the hook. These towel hooks hold on ridiculously tight so you don't have to worry about gross germs getting on your hands, face, or any other parts of your body.
These Popsicle Molds That Kids And Adults Will Love
via: AmazonIn an effort to eat less sugar, I've been searching Pinterest for ideas on how to enjoy dessert without completely killing my diet. The one thing that kept popping up? Popsicles. When you make them yourself out of juice, you cut your sugar intake by half without sacrificing flavor. And how cute are these penguin-themed popsicle molds?! The unique shapes are just as fun for adults as they are for kiddos.
This Shower Curtain Lock That Keeps Your Walls Dry
via: AmazonHere's something I didn't know until I owned a house: When drywall gets wet a lot, it starts to rot. And when it rots, it needs to be replaced by someone who actually knows what they're doing. This means calling in a contractor, which also means huge hourly rates. Instead of continuing to spray water all over my walls whenever we shower, I bought this shower curtain lock that keeps it in place. No more soaking wet walls!
This Posture Corrector That Saved My Back
via: AmazonMy posture is, in a word, atrocious. I've always just naturally hunched over, and while I know it's not good for my back to do this, it's so much more comfortable than sitting up straight. This posture corrector forces me to do what I don't have the willpower to do on my own, and just a few hours a day has already made a huge difference.
This Cake Pop Maker That Makes Parties Even More Fun
via: AmazonI LOVE cake pops. In fact, I love them so much that I'm already planning on serving them at my son's first birthday party. In five months. So naturally, I HAD to buy this cake pop maker, which makes it insanely easy to make my favorite treat without having to run to Starbucks every week. Not that I eat cake pops multiple times per week...
This Silicone Utensil Rest That Keeps Countertops Clean
via: AmazonMy husband is a total neat freak, and it drives him crazy when I leave my spoon on the counter after stirring whatever dish I'm cooking on the stovetop. This utensil rest creates the perfect solution to this annoying problem, and the heat-resistant design keeps your counter safe and clean. It has slots for four utensils and rinses clean in an instant. Problem solved!
These Glasses Cleaners That Keep Lenses Smudge-Free
via: AmazonI recently realized that my vision is slipping and finally went to the eye doctor to get some reading glasses. Since I've never been a glasses-wearer, I don't have great habits when it comes to keeping my glasses clean, and therefore they're covered in smudges all the time. These handy cleaners wipe smudges from both sides of my lenses in one quick swoop.
This Cool Gadget That Turns Any Bag Into An Easy-Pour Container
via: AmazonI have this horrible habit of letting my brown sugar turn into a solid block after just one or two uses. If I could just remember to close it completely this wouldn't happen, but I'm guessing that'll never happen. So I decided to come to terms with this and buy one of these bag clips. Not only does it keep stuff fresh, but it makes it super easy to pour and measure ingredients.
This Hilarious Organizer That Keeps Track Of Your Passwords
via: AmazonI had a bit of a conundrum the other day. I decided it would be a good idea to keep a digital sticky note on my desktop that contained all my passwords, thinking this would make my life easier since I could access it whenever I spaced out on my log-in. But then my husband changed my computer password without telling me and then forgot what he changed it to. Now I have a physical place to store my passwords, which makes much more sense.
This Dog Water Bottle That Keeps Pets Hydrated On-The-Go
via: AmazonWhile I'm originally from the Twin Cities, I've lived in Wisconsin since college, and travel back to Minnesota several times throughout the year. We always bring my Blue Heeler Ripley with us, and the 5-hour-drive can be a bit of a pain with a baby and high-energy dog sharing a car. This portable pup water bottle makes it way easier to keep her hydrated while traveling so we have one less thing to worry about.
This Dispenser Kit That Keeps Your Soap From Running Out
via: AmazonI recently had the brilliant idea to save money by buying a giant container of hand soap and refilling our dispensers every time they run out. Sure, this sounds good in theory, but actually filling the dispensers with soap is easier said than done. I always end up overfilling them and getting soap all over the place. This dispenser kit gives me the gift of everlasting soap. And I couldn't be happier about it.
This Magnetic Spice Rack That I Recommend To Everyone
via: AmazonWhen you have a tiny kitchen as I do, the thought of trying to fit all of your spice bottles into it can be daunting. The last time my parents were in town, my mom noticed that I'd stashed some cumin and nutmeg in the medicine cabinet and was a bit confused. She immediately sent me a link to this spice rack that attaches directly to my fridge, and my life has been forever changed ever since it arrived.
This Aculief That I Cannot Live Without
via: AmazonI've suffered from migraines ever since I was in high school. I've been trying to find relief for years, and while I can usually tell when one is about to strike, every type of medication I've tried has either been ineffective or caused horrible side effects. This Aculief cuff accesses the pressure point on your hand so you can stop a headache before it even starts. Zero medications and zero side effects!
This Set of Pickle Forks
via: AmazonI'm a complete and total pickle addict. I've loved those sour, sweet, salty, crunchy snacks since I was little, and I've been known to finish off an entire far all by myself. My family knows about my pickle addiction, and often get me pickle-themed gifts for my birthday. This yeah, my brother gave me this condiment fork, which attaches directly onto the jar. No more using my fingers!
This Hot Dog Slicer That You Need In Your Life
via: AmazonI'm fairly sure that my husband could eat hot dogs for every single meal for the rest of his life and be perfectly content. And while I don't share his enthusiasm, I thought I'd support his passion by gifting him one of these nifty hot dog slicers. This thing cuts hot dogs in a special way so that they cook more evenly on the grill and are left with a delicious smokey flavor.
These Ceiling Fan Pull Chains That Are Adorably Clever
via: AmazonAll of the bedrooms in my house have ceiling fans, and without fail, every time I go to turn off the light I turn the fan on and whenever I want to turn the fan on I turn on the light. It's a small irritation but one that usually makes me spew obscenities nonetheless. These cute pull chains are shaped like that they do so there's no mistaking their function.
These Silicone Caps That Make Your Waterbottle Spill-Proof
via: AmazonI have a 7-month-old son, and a Mom friend gave me some of these silicone caps as part of my baby shower gift. At first, I was horribly confused. "Trust me, once he's old enough to hold a bottle of juice, you'll be glad you have these." She then told me a story about how her 3-year-old dropped a bottle of orange juice that had one of these caps on it in the backseat of their car without her knowledge and it stayed there for three months. Not one drop spilled.
This Veggie Peeler That's A Total Game-Changer
via: AmazonLast year, I made the (questionable) decision to host Thanksgiving at my house. For my in-laws. Of which there are many. And did I mention that I'm not the most confident cook? I'm not sure what I was thinking either. But thank goodness I found this veggie peeler on Amazon a few days before, which completely saved my life. I peeled roughly 500 potatoes in half the time it would have taken with a traditional one. I was thankful for this peeler this year! And wine.
This Magnetic Phone Mount That Helps Me Get Everywhere
via: AmazonThe thought of driving without this car mount literally makes my stomach drop. I'm useless when it comes to directions, and if I'm going somewhere I've never been before I'm forced to rely 100% on my GPS to get me there. This car mount attaches securely to my air conditioner vents and uses a strong magnet to keep your phone from budging. I won't leave home without this thing!
This Silicone Spout That's Perfect For Kitchen Klutzes
via: AmazonWe've all done it: After spending hours cooking a delicious pot of soup, stew, or sauce on the stove, we, for some strange reason, think it's a good idea to pour it directly into a bowl and it spills all over the counter. I've done it more times than I care to admit. This silicone spout snaps directly onto your pot. I use it multiple times per week.
These Eco-Friendly Produce Bags That Equal Less Waste
via: AmazonI'm willing to bet that you have a plastic bag filled with hundreds of other identical plastic bags somewhere in your house right now. Why keep up this insane collection when you can swap them out for these eco-friendly produce bags instead? I made the switch a few years ago and I love being able to reduce my carbon footprint and have less useless trash taking up space in my house.
This Sink Squeegee & Counter Brush That Will Make You Throw Out Your Sponges
via: AmazonMy mother-in-law's house is always spotless. In fact, it makes me so embarrassed about the state of my own house that I refuse to allow her to come over without at least 48-hour's notice. The minute I saw this fancy anti-sponge, I knew it would be right up her alley. I suppose I should probably get myself one as well...
These Tiny Rubber People That Help You Out Of So Many Jams
via: AmazonEveryone could use a helpful little blue man around the house. These tiny rubber people can be used a variety of different ways, such as propping open a pot lid, holding up your cellphone, and providing a spot to rest your chopsticks, just to name a few. Plus, the silicone construction means they can hold up to whatever task you throw at them. I've bought these guys for most of my family members.
This Foot Stretcher That's Totally Addictive
via: AmazonEver since I had my son, I've woken up each morning with crippling foot pain. It took me a while to realize that it was plantar fasciitis, which affects the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and feels like your feet are constantly being attacked by a million fire ants. This foot stretcher relieves the pain immediately so I can finally feel some relief.
This Scalp Massager That Feels Incredible
via: AmazonIf that other massager was too much tech for you, try this one! I live in the midwest, and the air gets insanely dry every winter. This means that my scalp itches from early November until roughly the end of March. After hearing about this scalp massager online, I decided to buy it last winter on a whim. I'm so glad I did. Not only does it massage away dry, dead skin for an itch-free scalp, it feels amazing while doing it.
This Spill-Proof Ice Cube Tray That Makes WAY More Sense
via: AmazonTraditional ice cube trays are much more trouble than they're worth. You fill them up at the sink and then are forced to tip-toe across the kitchen and carefully slide them into the freezer, the whole time hoping against hope that you won't take a misstep and spill the entire contents all over yourself. This spill-proof design is the design we've all been waiting for.
This Calligraphy Workbook That Makes You Seem Super Fancy
via: AmazonMy handwriting is abysmal. It hasn't improved since the third grade, and I'm horribly embarrassed whenever I have to hand-write anything. This calligraphy workbook has not only been a great way to improve my penmanship, but the different activities are a ton of fun. Now I can hand-address letters to people without it looking like a 10-year-old boy wrote it!
This Cheese Pan That Will Change Your Whole Life
via: AmazonIs there any type of food that is not made better by pouring melted cheese on top of it? Probably, but I would argue that most foods are enhanced by it. This pan allows you to melt cheese right on the grill and drizzle it over whatever you want to become even more delicious. Where has this thing been all my life?!
These Clever Tongs That Are, Well, Clever
via: AmazonRemember what I said earlier about how much I hate washing dishes? For this exact reason, I make an effort to limit the number of dishes I dirty while cooking. So when I find a product that helps me do that and makes cooking my favorite meals easier, I get excited. Really excited. Probably more excited than a kitchen utensil should make me. This 2-in-1 spatula and tongs will amaze you with its versatility.
These Monkey Hooks That Can Hang Anything Anywhere
via: AmazonLast year, I made a resolution to finally hang artwork and family photos around our house, which we'd lived in for a year already and had hardly anything on the walls. We have plaster walls, so I get nervous whenever I have to hang anything. A friend recommended I try out a pack of these Monkey Hooks, and I'll never go back to traditional nails. They create a tiny hole so you don't have to worry about patching, and don't require the use of a hammer.
This Batter Dispenser That's Ridiculously Handy
via: AmazonThere are certain Sundays where I wake up with the strong urge to bake a few dozen cupcakes, muffins, or an assortment of other delectable goodies but decide against it because I can't face the cleanup that comes afterward. Thank goodness for this batter dispenser, which allows you to pour out the exact amount of batter needed into each tin without the mess than comes with scooping it in with a spoon.
These Grill Lights Are Perfect For Serious Grillers
via: AmazonSometimes, the mood strikes for a hot, smokey grilled meal after the sun has already set. And since it's not easy (or wise) to grill in pitch darkness, these grill lights are the perfect solution. I got them for my husband a few years ago for Christmas and he still talks about what a great gift they were. He even used them in the middle of a Wisconsin blizzard!
This Garlic Peeler That Has A Brilliant Design
via: AmazonI love garlic. LOVE. IT. I can't remember the last meal I made that I didn't add garlic to. How else can you add a punch of flavor to a meal without the added calories? It's basically the perfect food. So you can see why I was so excited to receive this garlic peeler on my birthday last year. It peels a clove in an instant and your hands don't smell like garlic afterward. Not that that would be a bad thing, necessarily...
This Foldable Tablet Phone Stand That's Great For Traveling
via: AmazonSure, there are a lot of products out there that prop your cellphone up, but this is one of the few out there that enables you to charge your phone at the same time. It can also be used as a stand for a variety of electronics aside from just your phone, such as tablets. I have my phone sitting on the one on my desk all day long.
This Fancy Whisk That Makes You Feel Like A Kitchen Pro
via: AmazonI have a bit of an obsession with nifty kitchen gadgets. If I come across something that has multiple functions or make my life easier while cooking I buy it immediately. This 2-in-1 whisk not only means I always have the perfect whisk for whatever I'm making, but it also takes up half the space in my drawers. Plus, it's super fun to use.
These Sticky Note Divider Tabs That Keep You Organized
via: AmazonI find it incredibly tough to stay organized. As someone who works from home and set their own schedule, it's very important that I stay productive and keep track of everything that needs to get done. So when I came across these sticky note divider tabs, I knew that they'd be a helpful addition to my work setup. Plus, the assortment of colors adds a pop of fun.
This Buband No-Bounce Bra Support That Will Save Your 'Girls'
via: AmazonI never thought I'd need a product like this, but after I had my son things changed. I used to be able to throw on a sports bra and go for a 20-minute jog, but now I get about a block away from our house before I have to turn around due to the excruciating pain. Thank goodness I read about this Buband no-bound band on a Mommy blog, which adds extra support so you can run, jog, or even tap dance comfortably.
This Microwave Pasta Tray That Gives You Carbs ASAP
via: AmazonI love me some pasta. But when a craving strikes, I don't have the patience to wait for water to boil. My husband (who knows me well) bought me this microwave pasta maker for my birthday one year and I've used it consistently ever since. All you have to do is fill the container with water and pasta, pop it in the microwave, and you have pasta...."fasta".
This DeFogger Sponge That Has Gotten Me Out Of A Jam Many Times
via: AmazonMy old car had a horrible problem where the windshield would fog up every morning regardless of the wear or humidity level. There were days when I could barely see out of it while driving, which, as you might imagine, was a bit of a safety concern. This sponge completely saved me on numerous occasions. Just wipe it across the inside of the shield and you won't have to worry about condensation for the rest of your ride.
This Foot Massager That Soothes Aching Feet
via: AmazonWhen I was in my third trimester, I had such crippling foot pain that I could barely walk. Every night, my husband would either have to listen to me complain or give me a foot massage that only slightly helped. Finally, he bought me this foot massager set and it made a world of difference. Sure, every other part of my body felt awful, but at least my feet felt great for those last few months!
These Acne Patches That Pulverize Pimples
via: AmazonI have horrible skin. I've struggled with acne since I was a teen, and while I figured this would change by the time I reached my 30s, my monthly crop of forehead zits doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. These acne patches shrink blemishes overnight and I wake up with clearer skin, which always puts me in a much better mood for the rest of the day.
These Silicone Cups That Make Baking A Breeze
via: AmazonI can use all the help I can get when it comes to baking, and these little cups are life-savers when it comes to cupcakes, muffins, egg cups, or anything else that I'd like to be able to remove easily from a muffin tin. The silicone construction is incredibly durable so they keep performing like new for years, and the reusable design means you can stop wasting money on disposable ones.
This Heroclip That Has A Million Different Uses
via: AmazonYou know those products that you buy, realize they can be used all over your home, and then suddenly want to buy ten more of them? This Carabiner Clip is one of those products. Use it to hang tools and outdoor essentials in your garage, take it camping to hang a lantern from your tent, or keep a few in your car to keep shopping bags secured. Plus, they come in an assortment of pretty colors!
This Car Tissue Holder That Upgrades Your Ride
via: AmazonI live in Wisconsin, and every winter, without fail, I get a horrible cold. My nose runs constantly and I'm (sometimes!) forced to use my sleeve to wipe it while driving since I don't have easy access to tissues. This car tissue holder was basically meant for me. I always have a fresh tissue when I need it and I don't even have to take my eyes off the road to get one!
These Cable Clips That Organize Your Space
via: AmazonI work from home, and if my office space is a mess (which it usually is), I find it much harder to be productive. These cable clips not only keep the various wires that have taken over my desk in their proper place, but the super sticky backs mean I can place them wherever I need them and they won't budge. Now I have no excuse not to get work done!
This Flexible Sink Caddy That Sends Gross Sponges Packing
via: AmazonMy husband has a personal vendetta against sponges. He refuses to use them every time I buy them, claiming that they immediately start smelling mildewy and therefore make all of our dishes smell like mildew. I can't say I disagree with him. This caddy hangs from the faucet so it keeps it out of the sink and therefore doesn't stink. Why wasn't this thing invented sooner?!
This Detangler Brush That's A Must For Long, Thick Hair
via: AmazonI have very long, very thick hair that turns into a giant tangled mess every morning without fail. Getting a brush through it is a challenge, and I've had a sudden urge to chop it all off during an especially frustrating hair-combing episode. My fellow crazy-haired pal recommended this detangling brush to me, claiming it "works wonders." I was skeptical, but then I tried it. Now, no other brush is ever allowed to even come near my hair again.
These Dip Clips That Make Snack Time Less Messy
via: AmazonI take snack time seriously. In fact, there are many times when my entire meal consists of just one big snack. And one of the most important aspects of a good snack is the dip. Carrot sticks and Ranch dressing? Check. Tortilla chips and guac? Oh yeah. Queso cheese and...well...basically anything? I'm all over it. These dip clips allow me to enjoy my favorite foods without making a big ol' mess.
These Dryer Balls That Save You Money And Reduce Waste
via: AmazonI'm a sucker for anything cute. If a product is even slightly adorable I usually end up buying it. The problem is, this means that all of my drawers are filled useless junk. (I know. I have a problem.) On the bright side, this also helps me discover amazing new products, such as these dryer balls. They save me money on dryer sheets, keep my clothes static-free, and look ridiculously cute doing it.
These Garden Gloves With Claws That Bring Out Your Inner Feline
via: AmazonWhen we first bought our house, I was both intrigued and intimidated by the two raised garden beds in the backyard. I had zero experience with gardening, and it wasn't until I got a thorough lesson from my mother than I felt confident enough to actually start planting things. She also gave me these awesome gardening gloves, which come with built-in claws so you can really sink your hands into the dirt. And yes, they also make me feel like a giant cat.
This Leaf Stripper That's Simple Yet Ingenius
via: AmazonI love being able to add fresh herbs to my favorite dishes. It's a great way to add a boost of fresh flavor without going overboard on salt, butter, or any other unhealthy additives. But having to pluck individual leaves can be tedious, and I usually just end up ripping off much larger chunks than I mean to in the process. This leaf stripper is the perfect solution.
This Air Cork Wine Saver That Keeps Wine Fresh For Twice As Long
via: AmazonNot only is this wine saver incredibly cute (check out that adorable little bunch of grapes!) but it also keeps your wine fresh for twice as long as it would without it. Having an infant makes it difficult to find time to enjoy a glass of wine, so often my husband and I will buy a bottle and half of it will go to waste. This handy gadget allows us to drop 20 bucks on a bottle and not feel like we're wasting our money.
These Mug Stackers That Double Your Cabinet Space
via: AmazonI don't know how this happened, but one day not long ago I walked into my kitchen, opened one of my cabinets, and realized that my mug collection had spiraled completely out of control. The doors on my cabinet could barely close, and although I couldn't bear to throw any of them out, I knew I had to do something. These mug stackers were just the ticket. Now I have double the space without sacrificing any of my favorites!
These Headrest Hooks That Keep My Purse And Car Clean
via: AmazonThe floor of my car is always sticky. I don't know why this is, but it's because of this that I tend to prefer that my purse is not just tossed onto the floor every time I drive somewhere. However, if I put it on the passenger side seat, it always gets thrown onto the floor anyways... whenever I stop suddenly...which happens more than I'd like to admit. These headrest hooks keep it safe, secure, and (slightly) less sticky.
These Cable Protectors That Keep Your Chargers Strong
via: AmazonI am notorious for breaking my phone chargers. They always start to fray around the plug and it's not long before the entire cord is split. My husband finally got sick of me stealing his charger and bought me some of these cable protectors. They fit right over the spot that ends up breaking and have managed to keep my cord intact for over a year.
These No-Tie Shoelaces That Make Any Shoe A Slip-On
via: AmazonHaving a baby makes pretty much everything I do much harder. Don't get me wrong, I love my son, but even the process of getting dressed is more complicated. I need things to be fast and easy, which is why I love these Lock Laces SO much. These turn any pair of shoes into slip-ons and make my life just a smidge easier. (I'll take what I can get!)
This Sneaker Wash and Dry Bag That Keeps Your Kicks Looking (And Smelling) Fresh
via: AmazonLooking for a way to wash your sneakers without ruining your washer and dryer? I was too, after walking my dog in a downpour and finally getting back to my warm, dry house only to discover that my new pair of Converse All-Stars were completely covered in mud. This wash-and-dry sneaker bag lets you throw your kicks into the washer and air dry them easily. I seriously love this thing.
This Can Colander That's Simple Yet Ingenious
via: AmazonI have a signature chili recipe that I make almost once per week when the weather turns frightful. There's nothing better than a hot bowl of chili on a cold winter day! The only problem with this is that I have to drain multiple cans of beans, corn, and tomatoes, which is a total pain. This can colander makes my life way easier. And did I mention it costs under $5 bucks?!
This Instant Pot Egg Steamer Trivet That Cooks Eggs Perfectly Every Time
via: AmazonI couldn't live without my Instant Pot. I use it constantly, and every Sunday night I drop in a dozen eggs so my husband and I have a week's worth of healthy snacks. The only problem with this method is that they don't cook evenly, and some are more done while others are still a tad undercooked. This steamer trivet ensures that each one is perfectly cooked.
This Scrub Brush That Cleans Knives In A Whole New Way
via: AmazonHere's a shocking statement: I hate doing dishes. In fact, I hate it so much that I avoid doing it for much longer than I should. And my most detested of all utensils to clean are knives, which always seem to cut up the sponge or nearly slice my hand off in the process. This scrub brush is specifically designed to clean knives in a flash and lets you keep all your fingers.
These Silicone Finger Point Bookmarks That Are Oh-So Handy
via: AmazonI've read before bed since I was little, and while it's a great way to wind down before going to sleep, I also tend to fall asleep right in the middle of a page. This fun silicone finger point bookmark not only saves your page, but it allows you to remember the exact word you left off on. How brilliant is that?! This would the perfect gift for the reader in your life.
This Egg Snack Container That Upgrades Lunchtime
via: AmazonI've been making an effort to eat healthier since I had my son, and while it can be tough to make good choices (because donuts exist), one food I can always count on to fill me up and not make me regret everything is hardboiled eggs. This egg container keeps my precious eggs safe and even has a spot for a mini salt shaker!
This Ironing Board Caddy That Doesn't Take Up Space
via: AmazonI've never been the type of person to own an ironing board and iron. I always assumed that was something that actual grown-ups had (aka, my parents), and was perfectly fine with wearing wrinkled clothes if it meant I never had to learn how to iron a piece of clothing. But then, one day, as I looked down at my disheveled dress right before going to a friend's wedding, I realized it was time. Luckily, I found this ironing board caddy, which hangs on the back of your door so it takes up minimal space. Score!
This Ring Size Adjuster That's Cheap And Easy
via: AmazonMy hands tend to swell up a lot during the summer and shrivel in the cooler months, which, as you might imagine, makes it difficult to find a ring that will actually stay on my finger year-round. That's what makes this ring size adjuster such a game-changer for me. I can make it smaller during the winter and take it off during the summer. No more swollen fingers or fear of losing my wedding ring!
These Right Shears That Have A Totally Unique Design
via: AmazonMy favorite part about the holidays has always been wrapping presents. I always put way more thought into the gift wrapping than in the actual gifts, and while I look forward to it every year, one thing I don't look forward to is the cramp in my hand that comes after my fourth present. These Right Shears flip the script on traditional scissors and glide through paper without the cramp! Bring on those hard-to-wrap presents!
This Dishwasher Clutch That Keeps Little Things Safe While Cleaning
via: AmazonI have a 7-month-old baby, so the amount of stuff that needs washing in my house is always insanely high. And while my dishwasher is a total game-changer when it comes to washing bottles, I was constantly dealing with little pieces falling into the bottom. Luckily, a Mom friend told me about this dishwasher basket, which holds an assortment of smaller items so they stay safe and clean.
This Wearable Nail Polish Bottle Holder That Saves You Major Money On Manis
via: AmazonI've never been one to drop $60 bucks on a manicure that's just going to peel off in a week anyways. In fact, the last time I had a mani/pedi was probably at my cousin's wedding, and I was forced into that. I prefer to do my own nails, and this wearable nail polish holder is the only way I can make them look even halfway decent.
This Dishwasher Magnet That Keeps Track Of Your Dirty Dishes So You Don't Have To
via: AmazonI can't tell you how many times my husband and I asked each other if the dishwasher was "clean or dirty" before we finally got sick of it and bought this dishwasher magnet. It's modeled after a couple different fun things, like those "Hello my name is" name tags for a pop of fun, and actually answers the eternal question once and for all. Plus, it's usually under $15 bucks!
Clean Up The Edges With Confidence With These Neck Hair Line Templates
via: AmazonI've been trying to let my husband give him a haircut pretty much since we first met. Okay, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it's half true. For some reason, I think I'm really good at cutting hair, even though I have no actual training or skill in that department. These hair templates are the only reason that he'll let me anywhere near his head with clippers.
These Letter Openers That Will Make You Feel Like An Adult
via: AmazonI love these letter openers. I bought them one morning after getting an especially nasty paper cut on an envelope and getting so mad that I threw the letter in the trash without even reading it. This was a bad idea because it was a bill, and I got a late fee that month. Oops. These openers glide through my mail so my fingers don't have to.
This Apple Slicer That I Use Every Day
via: AmazonAn apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? I'm not sure if it's working, but I've been testing this theory for a while now. I used to cut them up by hand, but even taking the 30 seconds to do this can be a lot when I'm trying to keep my 7-month-old entertained. This apple cutter does the job in one second flat so I have time for other things, like cleaning up baby puke.
This Flexible Scoop That's Oh-So Helpful
via: AmazonI was at my friend Stacy's house a few weeks ago for a playdate when she whipped out one of these flexible scoops to put ice in a glass for me and my jaw just about hit the floor. (Yes, I'm the kind of person who gets excited over an ice scoop.) I immediately went home and ordered one on Amazon.
This USB Charging Wall Plate That Has Tons Of Features
via: AmazonReady for a real multitasker? This baby has so many functions that I'm not even sure that I'll have enough space to name them all. But let's give it a try: It's a charging station, LED nightlight, surge protector, phone holder, and wall-mounted socket extender all in one sleek little package. Trust me, this thing will make your life easier. And who doesn't need that?
These Eyebrow Razors That Are Surprisingly Inexpensive
via: AmazonI have an irrational fear of tweezers. Every time I tweeze my brows my eyes water uncontrollably and I get so nervous that I just give up completely. These razors are tiny enough that I can get them exactly where I need them for the perfect brow, and, best of all, they don't hurt. At all. And they're under $5 bucks!
This Guacamole ProKeeper That Keeps Your Guac Fresher, Longer
via: AmazonI could eat guacamole with every meal. In fact, some days I do eat guacamole with every meal. (Shout-out to breakfast burritos!) The problem is that fresh guac only stays fresh for about five seconds before it turns brown and gross. This clever container has a super tight seal so air doesn't get in and ruin your precious green condiment.
This Bag Holder Handle That Helps You Win The 'One Trip' Challenge
via: AmazonIf you haven't heard of the "One Trip Challenge", allow me to explain it to you: It's when you come home from the grocery store and try to bring all your bags into your house in just one trip. It's harder than it sounds (and can be seriously painful), but if you have one of these giant handles, you can win every time.
This Handy Device That Helps You Keep Your Dog Alive
via: AmazonMy life is complete chaos these days, so it can be a struggle to remember to feed the dog twice per day. So when I saw this little reminder, I was shocked, since it seemed almost like it was made specifically for me. I obviously bought it immediately, stuck it to the fridge, and our dog has been well fed ever since.
This Soap Holder That I Wish I'd Invented
via: AmazonThere are certain products that are just so simple yet so brilliant that they make you upset with yourself for not having thought of the idea first. This soap holder is one of those products. I've always been a fan of bar soap, but hate how squishy and soap scum-y it gets when I put it on the edge of my tub. This bar soap holder solves that annoying little problem perfectly.
This Footrest To Your Shower That Makes Shaving WAY Easier
via: AmazonShaving your legs in the shower is hard when the floor of the tub is slippery and you happen to be incredibly clumsy like I am. I fear for my life every time I do it. (Which is probably why I do it so rarely.) This footrest gives me a safe and secure spot to rest my foot so I can shave quickly and easily without worrying about falling and breaking a hip.
These Rubber Twist Ties That You Can Use Everywhere
via: AmazonIf you're looking for a product that's durable, cheap, and has an infinite number of uses around your house, you've found it. I own at least five of these rubber twist ties (probably more like ten). I use them to keep tools neat and tidy and my husband uses them to organize his music equipment. I recommend them to anyone I know who's looking to upgrade their home organization.
This Rubber Mop That's A Pet Owner Essential
via: AmazonThere is so much dog hair in my house that sometimes it looks like we have grey carpeting on our floors. We do not. We have hardwood. Yes, it's that bad. This rubber mop is the only product I've found that removes it quickly and easily. I just do a once-over on my floors at the end of the day and they stay hair-free without having to pull out my heavy vacuum.
These Stainless Steel Reusable Drinking Straws That Help You Reduce Waste
via: AmazonI've been really trying to be conscious of how much waste I'm creating on a daily basis. I've switched from paper towels to reusable rags, started bringing my own bags to the grocery store, and, most recently, invested in these stainless steel drinking straws. They're sturdy, fun to use, and even come with their very own cleaning brush. Do the earth a favor and buy them!
This Gap Cleaning Brush That Are Designed For Deep Cleaning
via: AmazonThere are so many tight spaces in my house that are disgusting but impossible to reach, so I've avoided cleaning them. So they then become even more disgusting. It's a vicious cycle. This gap cleaning brush stops the cycle and lets me reach areas that I've literally never cleaned before. Now I have no excuse not to clean! It's a blessing and a curse.
These Baking Mats That Are Insanely Popular
via: AmazonOn the rare occasion that I actually bake something, I need all the help I can get. These baking mats are like having a pro baker with me in the kitchen. My cookies slide off these mats perfectly browned on the bottom. lightly crispy on top, and never stick to the pan. I wouldn't be caught dead in my kitchen without them.
These Moso Purifying Bags That Send Bad Smells Packing
via: AmazonThese little purifying bags are total life-savers. You can stick them in your closet, place a few in your favorite shoes that have been smelling less-than-fresh, prop one up in the bathroom, stick one in the cabinet where you keep all the dog toys or all of the above. They're under $10 bucks each, so putting one in every room is an inexpensive way to freshen up your home.
This Bed Band That Prevents The Dreaded Sheet Slip
via: AmazonI move around a lot in my sleep. Okay, that's an understatement. I basically dance the Cha Cha Slide in my slide. It takes me forever to get comfortable, and in the process, I usually end up ripping the top sheet and most of the fitting sheet up from the mattress. And who doesn't hate the feeling of a bare mattress against their skin? These Bed Bands keep sheets in place no matter how much I shimmy and shake.
These Drumstick Spoons That Turn Meals Into A Jam Session
via: AmazonMy husband is a musician who's also been trying out a ton of new recipes lately. So when I saw these drumstick spoons my jaw dropped. Were these made specifically for my husband? I bought them immediately. Now, when he's waiting for water to boil for pasta he treats me to an epic drum solo. Buy these for the musical chef in your life!
These Lighter Cubes That Are Odorless And Non-Toxic
via: AmazonMy husband and I once threw a huge barbecue party and struggled for nearly an hour to light the fire. It was extremely embarrassing, but during the ordeal, a helpful guest suggested we buy some of these lighter cubes for any future BBQ-related events. These light in an instant and are odorless and non-toxic. Now we stock our garage with them throughout the summer.
This Hanger Stacker That Streamlines Your Closets
via: AmazonI don't know how this happened, but I somehow accumulated way too many hangers. They taking up space and creating clutter in my closets, but I don't want to get rid of them because I know I'll use them in the future when I buy a ton of clothes I don't need. This hanger stacker is the perfect solution. Not only does it solve this very specific problem, but it looks chic while doing it.
This Bubbly Mask That's Fun And Effective
via: AmazonBubbly masks are my new favorite way to pamper myself. And since I'm the mother of an infant, "pampering myself" usually just means taking a shower. But these fun masks are quick, easy, and make a huge difference. Simply spread it all over your face and in a few seconds, it starts bubbling up like magic. Your skin is left clean, refreshed, and oh-so-soft.
These Hand Exercisers That Relieve Sore Hands
via: AmazonAs a professional writer, I type away on a keyboard all day long. This takes a major toll on my hands, which become sore, stiff, and tired at the end of each day. This hand exerciser is like doing stretches for your fingers and is surprisingly fun to use. I keep mine on my bedside table so I don't forget to do my exercises before going to sleep each night.
This Toenail Correction Kit That Helps You Avoid Painful Afflictions
via: AmazonEven the thought of getting an ingrown toenail is enough to make my skin crawl. Not only do they hurt like the dickens, but they also take forever to go away. Before I found this toenail correction kit on Amazon, I was under the assumption that I'd have to go to a doctor's office in order to remove one. Wrong!
These Silicone Toe Protectors That Keeps You Blister-Free
via: AmazonWalking even two steps with a blister on your foot can be complete agony. This silicone toe protector has saved my feet on multiple occasions. Just slip it over your toe and it'll prevent the rubbing and friction that leads to blisters. Plus, the customizable design means you can trim it to your toe's exact measurements. I want one for all ten of my toes!
These Flexible Outlet Sealers That Save You Big Bucks On Energy Bills
via: AmazonI recently bought a house that's nearly 100 years old, and every day we find more nooks and crannies that let in outdoor air and send our energy bills sky-high. These outlet sealers fit snugly behind your existing outlet covers but keep outside air out. Oh, and did I mention that you can get a pack of 24 for under $3 bucks? Why would you not buy them?!