Monday, June 18, 2018

10 Amazon Must Haves

Do you shop from Amazon regularly?

Are you a Prime member?

Amazon has saved me tons of times when I need to order something QUICK.  Their two day delivery is my go to for baby gifts, birthday gifts, holidays and personal shopping.  Shipping costs have gotten so high that I rarely buy an item and pay to ship it myself.  It's such an easy way to shop when you're busy.  It seems like you can pretty much buy anything you could ever want there.  We don't do a lot of subscribe and save and maybe I'm missing out there?? 

These are my top, number one favorite, best buys on Amazon.

1. Need an amazing pair of work out pants or capris??  Look no further... these 90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Tummy Control Shapewear are AMAZING.  They are under $20/pair and you can buy them in two or three packs.  They come in tons of colors.  They are so comfortable, suck everything in, smooth the tummy area and stay in place when you exercise or chase your kids around.  I own the gray and black capris and am eyeing another pair in a bold color.  I would size down for them to fit like shape wear.  They have almost 4,500 Amazon reviews so you know they're popular.  They are not see through and the quality is amazing.

90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Tummy Control Shapewear – Power Flex Capri -Electric Navy-S

2. Need a game that will entertain your kids for hours, be a great game for parties or vacation??  Hot Potato is that game.  We've traveled with it and my kids have yet to tire of it after weeks of playing with it every day.  It's under $10, comes with batteries it needs and is really cute.

Ideal Hot Potato Electronic Musical Passing Game

3. My iphone is going on three years old so I've blown through several chargers.  The best chargers by far are Anker chargers.  I recently bought this two pack of chargers and have been really happy with them.  I keep one in the car.  The other one lives in my van.  The quality and price are great.

[2 Pack] Anker PowerLine Lightning Cable (6ft) Apple MFi Certified - Lightning Cables for iPhone X / 8 / 8 Plus / 7 / 7 Plus / 6 / 6s Plus / 5s / 5, iPad mini / 4 / 3 / 2, iPad Pro Air 2

4. Handwriting Without Tears.  It's the cutest workbook to help kids get in some extra fine motor practice.  It's really fun, has creative activities for kids to replicate, trace and do.  Olive and I have enjoyed working through this book.

Handwriting Without Tears - Get Set For School - My First School Book - Pre-K Activity Book

5. Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding and Keeping Lasting Friendships by Lisa-Jo Baker.  I recently read this book and LOVED it.  She addresses everything from hospitality, to social media, to self esteem and being joyful for others.  There were so many practical ways to include others, show up for your friends and to push through uncomfortable times for your friendship to grow.  I really appreciated her reminder of the importance of seeing your friends in real life.  Spend time with them face to face and make sure that you are having that human interaction.  I think we are all pretty good at keeping up with people online, but that's just not the same as face to face time with a good friend.  Lisa-Jo Baker says that friendships will definitely inconvenience you at some point, but they are so worth it.  She talks about cheering on your friends and encouraging the women around you.  It has really stuck with me and challenged me to be there for friends, invite and include others.  The book really drives home the message that you can't have too many friends, you can always be a friendly face in a crowd and that all friendships go through ups and downs.

Never Unfriended: The Secret to Finding & Keeping Lasting Friendships

6. Agree Luv that Trays are amazing.  We craft a ton, play with playdoh and love to work on these trays.  They have a slightly raised edge to keep messes on the tray and it is great because it doesn't get in the way of working.  They are super easy to clean and wipe off.  My kids do really well with keeping their messes contained to the trays which means craft projects are a little less messy.

Argee Luv That Tray with Raised Sides 4

7. My #1 favorite hair tool... Bed Head Curlipops 1 inch wand.  It's great!  It heats up fast, is really easy to use and I love the curls.  It comes with a glove to wear.  I've been using it for about a year and it's amazing.  It's also just $14.99 and has 1,200 Amazon reviews!!

Bed Head Curlipops Curling Wand for Loose Curls, 1"

8. I've been declaring my love for Yumbox lunch boxes for almost a year now.  We own two and use them almost daily.  They have held up really well.  They get dropped, handled by kids and they still work like new.  We have had zero cracks or breaks in the plastic.  The colors are still vibrant and kids can open the lunch box with ease.  I swear my kids like their Yumboxes clean every time I serve their lunch in them.  They are top rack dishwasher safe, but I always hand wash ours for convenience.  They're the perfect lunchbox and save you money/save the environment by not having to use several plastic bags in their lunches everyday.

YUMBOX (Neptune Blue) Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Container for Kids

9. I asked Kevin to throw in an Amazon favorite for you.  He shops Amazon all the time for clothes, granola bars, books and home repair items.  It's his go to store.  He's been most impressed with the Solar Motion Sensor Lights by LEDOWP that he ordered and installed months ago.  We didn't want to spend big bucks to hire an electrician to come out and wire outdoor lights.  He did some Amazon searching and found these lights for under $20.  They have great reviews and we have been very happy with them.  They work great.  Go off when anything passes by and we couldn't be happier with them.

Solar Motion Sensor Lights By LEDOWP: Ecological Energy-Saving Lights, With 4 Intelligent Modes For Outdoor Spaces - Waterproof Motion Activated Detector For Security And Illumination (1-Pack)

10. Gardening tools for kids.  We LOVE this set of gardening tools. They are made of wood and metal.  They really work and are so cute.  They're perfect for little hands and are under $20.  We have been using them for over a year with no complaints.  Well, one complaint... why don't we own two sets??  The kids seem to always want to use the same tool at the same time.

G & F 10018 JustForKids Kids Garden Tools Set, Rake, Spade, Hoe and Leaf Rake, 4-Piece

What are you favorite things to buy from Amazon??

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  1. These are such great shopping tips! I'm going to check out the leggings for both my daughter and me. I'd love for you to come over to my blog on Tuesday July 3 to link this up to my Prime Purchases post! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

  2. We need to try those bento boxes :). We like to play hot potato too!!! xoxo ERIN

  3. I LOVE the 90 Degree workout pants and capris.


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