Monday, November 4, 2019

What I Ordered from Amazon in October 2019

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Happy Monday, y’all!  Before I get started on my Amazon post for this past month, I have a couple of housekeeping notes for the blog…

I have been posting weekend/weekly recaps every Monday since I started blogging, but since that requires me to spend a good chunk of time every Sunday composing the posts, I’ve decided to make some minor changes... 

Effective immediately, I’m going to move my weekly recaps to Tuesday, and Monday will now be for miscellaneous content (recipes, fashion, organization, etc.) that can be prepared prior to the weekend.  That will allow me to keep my weekends work-free, which is the way it should be anyway.    

When I first started blogging, the kids were still taking naps on Sunday afternoon so it wasn’t a big deal for me to spend a couple of hours on a blog post.  Now that they are older they don’t take naps anymore, and I’d much rather be doing something fun with them every Sunday afternoon than sitting at my computer… especially when it’s beautiful outside! 

We also use Sunday to prepare for the week ahead, and these past few Sundays I’ve been spending so much time on my blog posts for Monday that I haven’t had time to do my weekly prep, and that has caused me to feel super scattered for the rest of the week.  No bueno.

This is just one of the many changes I’m making to make my life less stressful and more purposeful.  My weekly recaps have been an annoyance lately and I’ve found that I’ve been dreading doing them (on Sunday), so it was time to make a change.  I blog because I love it and I always promised myself that I’d always take care to keep it that way.  I don’t want to get burned out!

That said, I’m sure there will be times when I do post a weekly recap on a Monday or do a little bit of blog work on a Sunday, but it’s nice to know that I will no longer feel obligated to.  So if you enjoy reading about our weekly adventures, just be sure to start checking the blog every Tuesday! 

Okay, for my first non-weekly recap, I thought I’d share my Amazon purchases from October.  Everybody always seems to love those… I know they’re some of my favorites to read!  Here’s what I bought in October…


Outdoor String Lights

These are my favorite outdoor lights and they’re the ones that we’ve had on our back porch since 2015.  I have something soooo fun planned for this new strand, so stay tuned! 



Wood Cutting Board

I purchased this board for preparing cheese and charcuterie boards.  I’ve had a Georgia shaped board that I’ve used forever, but I wanted a basic one to use for special events like Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s… it’s kind of weird having a Halloween spread on a Georgia shaped board.  Ha!  This board is beautiful in person and I love that it has a handle because that makes it so much easier to move from place to place!



Waffle Iron

Our waffle iron of 12 years finally bit the dust last weekend.  It was a wedding gift that we received back in 2007 so I’d say we definitely got a ton of use out of it… especially when you consider how often we make waffles (at least once a week)!  Lo and behold, they still make the exact same waffle iron all these years later and it’s only $19.99 on Amazon, so you better believe I bought the exact same one again!  If it lasts 12 years like the other one did, we’ll still be using it in 2031.  That is just crazy to think about.



Zella Live-In Leggings Dupe

I found these Zella leggings dupes a couple of years ago on Amazon and I couldn’t love them more!  They are nearly identical to the Zellas and they’re every bit as comfortable, but for a small fraction of the cost of the Zellas.  These pink ones went on a lightning deal a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t add them to my cart fast enough!  They’re regularly $19.99 but I got them for $14.44!!  SO cheap compared to the $58 Zella leggings!  They come in tons of colors and lengths, too.



Xyzal Allergy Medicine

I take Xyzal daily for my allergies because it works way better for me than Zyrtec or Claritin.  It’s cheaper on Amazon than anywhere else (including Walmart) so it’s one of the items that I order over and over.



Ouchless Hair Elastics

Olivia is super tender-headed, so ouchless elastics are the only thing I can use in her hair.  We bought a pack of these for her a couple of years ago, but as hair elastics do, they slowly disappeared, so it was time to buy another pack.



LEGO Vampire

B and I always give the kids a little something for Halloween (other than candy since they already get so much of that!) and this year I decided to go with Legos.  This vampire is the cutest and he loved it so much!



LEGO Witch

We gave Olivia the Lego witch for Halloween and she loved it, too! 



LEGO Star Wars 2019 Advent Calendar

My mom and dad give the kids traditional Advent calendars filled with chocolate every year, but I thought it would be fun to get them toy Advent calendars this year just to change it up!  Legos are Jacob’s favorite thing so this Lego Star Wars Advent calendar is going to blow his little mind.  And momma, if you still want to get the chocolate calendars for the kids, please do!  I’m sure they won’t mind one little bit!  ;o)



Hatchimals 2019 Advent Calendar

We obviously had to find something fun for Olivia, too.  She’s been obsessed with Hatchimals for well over a year now, so I thought this one would be perfect for her.  I just think it’ll be a really fun little gift to give to the kids to kick off the holiday season!



Hatchimals Christmas Ornament

Our elf, Cheek, brings new ornaments for the kids every year when he comes, and he always brings an ornament that has special meaning for each kid.  As I said, Olivia is obsessed with Hatchimals so I couldn’t think of anything more appropriate for her this year than this Hatchimals ornament.  And in case you’re wondering, Jacob is getting the Hallmark LEGO keepsake ornament this year, but I ordered it elsewhere as they didn’t have it on Amazon when I checked.  ;o)



Lunchbox Notes

Jacob and Olivia are both really into jokes right now, so I just bought two new packs of lunchbox notes to put in their lunchboxes (knock-knock jokes and regular jokes).  They are just too cute.  It’s an inexpensive way to do something special for them and add a little bit of fun to their lunchtime when I’m not there with them.




Face Paint Crayons

We have extreme spirit day at school every year and this year I finally remembered to buy a face paint kit to paint the kids’ faces!  I love these because they’re easy to use and the colors are nice and bright!



Mini Piano with Microphone

I bought this mini piano for my niece for her first birthday.  It’s tiny so it’s much easier for the little ones to carry around than the bigger keyboards. 



LEGO Race Car

This was purchased as a gift for one of Jacob’s classmates for a birthday party he attended last weekend.  It would be perfect for a Christmas gift!



LEGO Duplo Train Set

This Lego Duplo set was also purchased as a gift!



And that’s it!  If you want to see we’ve ordered in past months, check out the posts below.



Happy Monday!


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17 comments:

  1. We buy an ornament each year for the kids too; but I have to admit that it is getting a bit harder to come up with something fun and pertinent to their lives the older they get.

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    1. I bet! Kids are so hard to buy for the older they get!!

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  2. I think it's a great choice to shift your work so you have your weekends work free!

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    1. Yes, it was SO nice to have Sunday completely free of blogging this past weekend! I got to spend more time with the kids and it was great!

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  3. My mom always gets us ornaments each year, too, and she actually has gotten my brother a Lego one before! We never did advent calendars, but those look so fun and I love how they are tailored to the kids interests. Happy Monday!

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  4. I used to use those lunch box notes. The kids liked them a lot... well at first. Lauren liked having them a lot longer than Brandon. One day, he looked at me and looked very guilty, but said, "Mom, I really appreciate the notes, but please don't put those in my lunchbox anymore. Someone might see them and they're really embarrassing." He was so serious and I could tell that he didn't want to hurt my feelings.

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  5. That little keyboard is so cute!! So many great finds and all those legos - I'll have to get them for my nephew for Christmas! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  6. I don't post weekend recaps because if I do anything on the weekend I don't have time to post about it for Monday! So I definitely get your reason for changing it up!

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  7. I too have allergies in the fall and winter and I use Claritin but I've never tried the Zyzal. I will have to try that out sometime. I love the pretty pink work out pants. I like the ones that have a side pocket that I can put my cell phone in. Have a great Monday.

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  8. I need to find an advent calendar like the ones you chose in something the girls like. Those hair ties are great!

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  9. I keep saying we need a good waffle iron, especially with the holidays coming up and all the special breakfasts <3

    Green Fashionista

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  10. Those lunch box notes are adorable!!!
    Who can ever go wrong with legos... we load up on them for fun things when the kiddos come over

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  11. That's a great idea about the posting schedule. I have found myself staying up late trying to get a weekend wrap post up for our Hello Monday link up. We have been buying a lego advent calendar for many, many years. This year I got the Harry Potter version. They're so fun! Thanks for (in advance) linking up with Prime Purchases! Tanya - The Other Side of the Road

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  12. I was just telling my mom how I want to waffle iron! I love that you were being more purposeful with your blog post, it always makes me feel better!

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  13. The lunch box notes are so cute! I have a set I got too, but haven't used them yet and one of my kids can't really read yet! LOL! Maybe next year! Glad you are switching things up, I always wondered how you were getting your weekend recap out! Yes family time is the best time! You always get the best stuff from Amazon, you fuel my shopping habit, lol!

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  14. Good for you! I love that you will be spending more time with the kids. That's exactly why I stopped doing my Monday posts unless it's something planned out ahead of time. Thank you for sharing that face painting kit! A has been asking for one and we went around after halloween thinking we could find one marked down but we had no luck. I think this will be a great gift for them :)

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  15. Such great purchases! I got Mason the Lego Harry Potter advent for this year. His Elf always brings it on the 1st of December! I love that your Elf brings them an ornament. Ours usually brings an ornament the day we go to Bethlehem revisited so it’s typically a nativity ornament.

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