Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Favorite Amazon Purchases of All-Time

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Happy Prime Day, y’all!

I love Amazon and have been a loyal customer since 2002.  THAT’S TWENTY YEARS, Y’ALL.  Wow. 

We do a lot of our shopping on Amazon as they do tend to have the best prices, and between that and free two-day shipping with our Prime membership, you can’t beat it!

If you’re not already a Prime member, today is a great day to sign up!  Not only will you be eligible to shop the sale, but you will also qualify for free two-day (or faster) shipping on most orders, and you’ll receive lots of other goodies for signing up.  All Amazon Prime members who sign up today get one year of Grubhub+ for free and a three-month free trial of Audible as well as all of the other benefits that come with a membership – free Prime Gaming games, Rx savings, Prime Try Before You Buy, Prime Reading, Amazon Photos, Prime Video access, and more.

You can sign up here today and join me in shopping all of the Prime Day deals!  And if you're already a member, what are you waiting for??  Head over to shop all of the deals here!

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Amazon Prime deals on Instagram stories today, and in honor of the sale, I also wanted to share some of my all-time favorite Amazon purchases with you, some of which will be included in the sale today. 

Echo Devices

If you have ever considered purchasing any of the Amazon Echo devices (they are the ones with Alexa) for your home, Prime Day is the day to do it because they discount all of them deeply.  We have three Echo devices in our home – one in the kitchen, one in our bedroom, and one in my office – and we use them every single day.  Alexa will play music of any genre from Amazon’s music collection (my personal favorite is to ask her to play 90’s pop or 90’s R&B – SO FREAKING GOOD).  You can play music from your iPhone (iTunes library, Pandora, Podcasts, etc.) by asking Alexa to connect to your iPhone (all you have to do is pair it with the Echo first).  You can play any local radio stations as there is a tuner or you can play any radio station anywhere in the country as long as they’re on iHeart Radio.  You can also create groups for all of your Echo devices to play the same music all over the house or just in specific rooms and you can also “drop in” to any room with an Echo and talk to the person in the room.

You can play trivia and other games (our kids love this), set cooking timers, ask what the weather will be in your area, order items from Amazon, add items to your shopping list or wish list, set reminders that occur daily/weekly/annually, ask Alexa to tell you a joke, and ask Alexa pretty much any random question that pops into your brain.  Our kids discovered that you can even ask Alexa to burp or fart (face palm) and she totally does all kinds of different ones.  Lol.  We get a weekly email about all the things that Alexa can do, and I learn new stuff every single week, years after having it.  We love these devices SO much and they are currently 40% off in the sale today and tomorrow!


Amazon Smart Plugs

If you do decide to outfit your home with Echo devices, don’t forget the smart plugs!  Y’all, these are just the best things in the world!  We have them in so many rooms of our house.  These are so easy to set up and you can plug any device into them.  I have twinkle lights in our kitchen on the bar cart, in the living room on a fake tree, in our bedroom, and hanging from the ceiling in my office, and all I have to do is walk in any room and say, “Alexa, turn on the bar cart (or whatever else)” and the lights just pop right on.  You can also group smart plugs together in rooms, so instead of telling each one to turn on individually, you can just say, “Alexa, turn on the kitchen.”  And BING, all of the items in the kitchen turn on.  Seriously, the best thing ever.  You can also control all of these from the app on your phone, so even when you’re away from your home, you can turn lamps/lights/etc. on and off as needed.  These are 48% off in the Prime Day sale!


Amazon Ring Home Security System

We have also outfitted our entire home with the Amazon Ring home security system.  We have cameras outside so we can see every single angle of our house anytime, right from our phones.  We love the Ring Spotlight Cameras because they sense motion (you can adjust the sensitivity levels for your needs), they have spotlights that turn on automatically when motion is sensed, they have a two-way talk system (so you can talk to someone on the camera through the app on your phone), and they have a siren alarm that can be activated right from your phone or Echo at any time.  We also have a Ring Doorbell for the front door.

Any time motion is sensed, B and I are both alerted on our phones (and my Apple Watch), and we can replay the footage at any time.  We’ve been using the Ring security system for a couple of years now, and we absolutely LOVE it.  It gives me so much peace of mind to know that I can just pop in and see what’s going on around our entire house any time I want to, even if we’re out of town.  If we see anything suspicious, we can talk to someone via the camera or sound the alarm from anywhere in the world.


Peplum Top

This top is, hands down, my all-time favorite top that I’ve ever purchased on Amazon.  It is versatile because you can dress it up or down, it’s flattering for all body types, it looks fantastic with jeans or shorts, and it comes in a ton of different colors and patterns.  I love this top so much I own it in four different colors/patterns and I wear them all the time.


Fluttery Skirt

Chances are you’ve seen this skirt all over Instagram and influencer land because so many people have them.  The reason everyone has them is because they are SO GOOD.  Again, this is one of my all-time favorite clothing purchases from Amazon, and I love it so much, that I own it in three different colors and patterns.



This sweater is, hands down, my favorite sweater ever purchased from Amazon.  Y’all, this sweater is HIGH quality.  It’s thick, the fabric is soft and luxurious, the cut is gorgeous, and it’s long enough to wear with leggings.  Seriously, so SO good.  I own this one in three colors because it’s just that good!


Color Block Dress

This dress is one of my favorite dress purchases from Amazon.  It’s definitely something that looks like it came from a boutique rather than Amazon, and it is seriously the cutest on!!  Like most items on Amazon, it comes in lots of other colors, too!


CRZ Yoga Leggings

These leggings are, by far, the best leggings I own… they are even better than the ever-popular Zella Live-In leggings that I also own.  They are called “naked” leggings because they are truly that comfortable.  You barely notice them when you’re wearing them.  And they don’t leave a big itchy seam mark down the inside of your leg like the Zellas do when you take them off.  I don’t even know how many pairs of these I have, but it’s at least 4-5, because they are AMAZING, and they are all I wear for workouts in the winter.


Clear Stadium Bag

Now that stadiums and other large venues are requiring clear bags, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect one, and I found it!!  It’s this one!  It holds so much, but it’s lightweight.  It has one inside clear pocket for smaller items and one large compartment for larger items.  It has an adjustable strap so you can wear it at your side or as a crossbody, and the plastic is soooo soft.  It’s not hard like most plastic bags are.


Glass Nail File

I keep a nail file in my office, my purse, and my bathroom, and as each one of my old ones is biting the dust, I’m replacing them with these glass nailfiles.  If you haven’t used a glass nail file, then you’re seriously missing out!  They file your nails to perfection with little effort, and since they’re made of glass, they’ll never get dull which means they can be used forever.  I ordered my first one two years ago and it has been the best thing ever… worlds better than a standard nail file!


Gold Bond Neck and Chest Firming Cream

This item can be purchased at most stores, but Amazon typically has the best price.  I started using this about a year ago, and it has made a huge difference in the skin around my chest and neck.  My neck and chest skin is rough and uneven compared to the rest of my body (probably from years and years of exposure to the sun), and this cream has worked wonders on smoothing it out. 


Toilet Bowl Pumice Cleaner

The kids’ toilet had a couple of stains that were impossible to clean.  I tried every single thing I could think of, and nothing would remove them.  I came across this Powerhouse Pumice toilet cleaner, and it has been a miracle-worker.  It removed the stains easily and completely with minimal work.  Any kind of stain that you may have in your toilet – calcium, rust, limescale, mildew, hardwater – it will remove all of them.  And this thing is chemical-free, non-toxic, and odorless.  The cleaner is a pumice stone, and the stone works similar to a sander to gently sand the stains right off.  By far, one of my favorite purchases on Amazon ever!


Bug Bite Thing

Jacob and I are magnets for mosquitoes, and both of us get bites constantly during the summer.  Our bites swell up huge and itch for days and it’s just misery.  I saw this Bug Bite Thing on Shark Tank a while back, and I finally decided to buy one last month after Jacob got eaten up one evening.  Since we bought it, I have gotten bitten twice, and Y’ALL, THIS THING WORKS!!!!  Color me shocked.  I was very skeptical, but I cannot believe I’m telling y’all that it actually works.

When you get bitten, you take this little contraption and place it over the bite.  You pull up on the handle until you feel the suction, and you can adjust the suction level to your comfort based on how far you pull the handles.  Once the suction is in place, you hold it for 10 seconds and then push the handles back down.  Repeat this one more time on the same bite.  Voila.  No itching.  No swelling.  And the bug bite disappears within hours.

The suction literally pulls the mosquito’s saliva out of your skin, therefore, preventing your body from reacting to it.  And this thing works with all bug bites – ants, bees, wasps, chiggers, etc.  No chemicals.  No creams.  It’s lightweight and portable.  It’s safe to use on children.  It takes, like, 30 seconds to do the whole process.  The relief is immediate.  And it’s reusable. 

Seriously the best $9.95 I’ve ever spent.

Pineapple Slicer

We love pineapple, but we don’t love the price tag that comes with buying precut pineapple… whole pineapples are soooo much cheaper, but they’re so hard to cut!  Brian grabbed this pineapple slicer about a year ago, and it makes cutting pineapples the easiest thing!  All you have to do is cut the top off of the pineapple, and then you just sit the pineapple corer on the top and twist the handle until it gets to the bottom.  Give it a little tug, and the whole inside of the pineapple comes right out, sliced into rings.  Seriously amazing and it takes about 30 seconds.  It’s also dishwasher safe which is important because nobody has time to hand wash!


Tea Towels

This little pack of tea towels has been one of my favorite home décor finds on Amazon.  The towels are large, and there are three in a pack for just $9.95.  They add such a cheerful pop of color to our kitchen, and they have held up well after years of everyday use.


Tiered Tray

This tiered tray has been in our kitchen for years and I get asked about it constantly.  It was an Amazon purchase, and you don’t just get one in the package… you get two!  I had no idea that there were going to be two, so I was thrilled to have an extra one to put in Olivia’s bedroom to hold all of her hair accessories.  We’ve had both of these for years and years and they are both still going strong in their respective rooms.  Excellent quality and a great price since there are two in the package.  It's currently 69% off, too!!


Cookie Dough Scoop

I bought one of these and it has made baking a breeze.  We make a lot of muffins in our house and dividing up muffin batter is always such a pain until I bought this little scoop.  I just dip it in the batter, hold it over the muffin cup, squeeze the handle, and a perfect little plop of batter goes right into the muffin cup.  No more dripping all over the sides of the pan.  I love this thing!! 


Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

No cloth cleans like a microfiber cleaning cloth!!  These little powerhouses clean my countertops and mirrors soooo much better than regular cleaning cloths.  Prior to purchasing these, I couldn’t find a single cleaning cloth or paper towel that didn’t leave streaks on my mirrors.  These cleaning cloths leave ZERO streaks, and they make my mirrors and other glass items look perfect and shiny.


Hello Doormat

I bought this doormat five years ago, and it’s still going strong on our back porch.  It comes in lots of different colors and it’s so fun.  The price is also really great! 


Faux Pink Tulips

These tulips look SO real and the color is gorgeous.  I have them in a couple of different places in my house year-round and they are so good that several people have mistaken them for fresh flowers.  I highly recommend them if you love fresh flowers in the house, but you don’t like to spend money on them.


Fog Proof Goggles

The kids love these goggles… they’ve been using them for a couple of years now.  They are adjustable, they’re fog-proof, they’re sturdy, and they unclip in the back so they’re easy to put on and take off.  We love these and highly recommend them!


Yeti Rambler Jr.

We bought these for both kids and we love them.  They’re made from stainless steel, so they withstand drops, they don’t sweat, they’re dishwasher safe, and they keep drinks cold for hours upon hours.  Both of our kiddos take these to school every single day and they use them all summer when we’re on the go, and they have held up beautifully.


Hair Elastics

We bought this pack of 2,000 hair elastics for Olivia, and they are perfect for braids, ponytails, and other hairstyles.  They’re ouchless, too, which is important if you have tender headed kiddos like I do.


Lunchbox Notes

I put these lunchbox notes in the kids’ lunches everyday and they are seriously the cutest.  Each note has a random fact (which our kids love) and a joke.  They have been a huge hit with both kids and their friends!


Barf Bags

Unfortunately, these barf bags are a must if you have kiddos with sensitive stomachs.  I bought this pack of 12 to keep on hand in the car.  The plastic ring makes it easy for the kids to hold wide open so they don’t make a mess (yuck), and then the bag can be twisted up and tucked into a notch to keep it sealed.  I keep one of these up front in the car and in my purse at all times.


Bookmarks with Timers

Our kiddos have to read at least 20 minutes per day for school, and these bookmarks with timers have made reading time so easy and so much fun.  The kids are able to keep track of their time while they read, and then I don’t have to.  ;o)



In addition to all of these things, there are items that we order exclusively from Amazon because they always have the best prices.  I get all of my allergy medications from there – Xyzal, Flonase Sensimist, and Alaway eye drops – and I also buy all of my daily multivitamins from there.  Gum is also cheapest on Amazon, and so are Maui’s Denstastix treats that she loves so much.  We have ordered all of these items countless times from Amazon and we’ve saved so much money as they’re significantly more expensive at Target and Walmart.


Gift Cards

And don’t forget that when you purchase Amazon gift cards from Amazon, you get to choose from tons and tons of different cards, boxes, and other containers to hold your gift card at no additional cost. 

We’ve purchased this cupcake tin multiple times along with the mini Amazon box (SO CUTE!).  I also love this one for Christmas, this flowery one for teacher’s gifts, this one for baby gifts, and this mermaid one for a little girl.  Oh, and who doesn’t love a rainbow?!  This one is so dang happy!


And that’s it for now, y’all!  I could go on and on, but I’ll stop there.  Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram today as I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite Prime Day deals… I use these two days to go ahead and get a jump start on my Christmas shopping, believe it or not!  It’s never too early!

Happy shopping, y’all!

And if you want to see everything that I ordered in previous months, just check out the posts below!


  1. We used to tell the alexa to make a dog breed noise and it would make our foster dog look around for the dog, it was so funny.

  2. Gary is getting yet another echo device...but the deal is so good you sort of have to and you'll find a space for it! I've already placed my order for some goodies!

  3. You have SO many great items in this post. I think I've seen you post those barf bags before and LOL I seriously need to get those. Even with TEEN kids, ahhhh!!! I need some for my car! That pink tiered dress is so pretty. We have an actual security system in our home, but I wish we had more cameras outside. We had an incident a month ago where Autumn was home alone while I was 35 minutes away taking Nathan to the DR and she thought an AmerenUE guy that came to install a new meter was someone trying to break in the house. He turned the power off, was drilling, etc. So, yeah, when I got a call from her freaking out, it was NOT fun!! Thankfully we have the Ring and I was able to figure it out, but a few more cameras outside would have helped.


  4. Barf bags are a must even though they are gross to think about. I bought the bug thing in a store last week (in Graeagle) and haven't used it yet. I am just waiting for a bug bite. Ha. I love that skirt and have it in two colors. It is the best. I have a love and hate for my echo. Love some of the features, but hate that it records my conversations. I have to delete those often. Ha.


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