I think it’s safe to say that whether or not we’re proud of it, many of us likely rely on Amazon…a lot. While I personally have yet to really dip my toes into their fashion offerings (I’ve ordered a pair of flats in the past but ended up returning them), consider me an expert in household goods, beauty/drugstore-related items, and random stuff I didn’t know I needed.
To me, hearing about people’s best Amazon purchases reads sort of like nosing around in their purse or grocery carts–which is admittedly pretty fun. Here are 12 random things that have served me very well, mostly in the past year or so, thanks to the beauty that is Amazon Prime. I’d buy them again in a heartbeat!
THE BEST AMAZON PURCHASES THAT I USE REGULARLY
An item I never even knew we needed! Consider how many times I’d overcooked chicken in the preceding years, I shouldn’t even have questoined J when he wanted to buy this. We now use it every time we cook meat and haven’t overcooked a batch since! It’s pricier than some other ones on the market but reads much quicker and is easy to store without risk of damage.
These are the best hair ties ever. While they aren’t the cutest or most comfortable on your wrist, they don’t crease your hair at all. I’d gladly pay a couple more bucks for something that works this well, and I wear them exclusively other than when I work out. A lot of people do wear them while exercising but I like a tighter pony when I’m active! They were popular stocking stuffers last holiday season, and for good reason. They’d make a nice pick-me-up for a friend, too!
J makes so much fun of me for how much I love this thing. I regularly favor it in place of a full-sized vacuum because it gets all the crevices and has excellent suction. It’s a little more expensive than some of the alternatives but I used to have this one and trust me–the Black + Decker one takes the cake thanks to its sleek design, charging stand (it’s not plug-in), and simply because it doesn’t roll around when you set it down. We actually store ours at the edge of our kitchen counter and it’s slim enough that it doesn’t interfere with cooking space.
I’m going to do a full blog post on my acupressure mat at some point but if you’ve been on the fence about one, get it! Grace’s review is what finally pushed me over the edge and I now consider it a wellness-must. The nights I thoroughly foam roll + lay on the mat for 30-45 minutes before bed are when my body feels its best the following day! It’s also proven to help with stress and headaches, so to me, could be a valuable addition to most people’s routine.
This was such an un-fun purchase but after my arm started cramping up at work, my boss recommended this ergonomic mouse to help with the pain. It’s made a big difference; the only downside is that it’s battery-operated (vs. rechargeable). It takes a little getting used to but now I make sure and take it home with me when I telework, too…it’s 100x better than using a laptop mouse for eight hours a day!
Lucas Pawpaw has been my go-to all purpose “beauty product” for the past few months…I put it on my lips before bed every night and it does wonders on dry knuckles (a nightmare in the winter!). It’s also under $10!
A bucket list purchase that finally happened last fall! This one’s pretty self explanatory and using it makes baking anything so much quicker and easier. A lot of recipes call for use of a stand mixer and I’ve definitely messed some things up consistency-wise trying to whip or blend without one, so now I feel more confident about and equipped to tackle recipes that would have seemed intimidating just a year ago.
I went to physical therapy for my back issues last summer, and my PT recommended a theracane. The concept sounded weird but I was willing to do about anything she said, so promptly ordered one. I should definitely be using it more than I do but think of it as the best targeted personal back massager…you literally knead at the knots in your back, particularly those in hard to reach places. It sounds weird but it’s truly great–like rolling around on a lacrosse or tennis ball but more targeted and without having to lie on the floor.
9. CORD BOX
I think I found this right after we moved while searching for creative ways to hide a full power strip…the logo isn’t great, but we use this under our desk and it helps keep things looking tidy. I kind of balked at the price initially, but the quality is good and it’s not something we’ll need to replace, which was good enough justification for me.
Our dining table in this place is a large plastic folding table that fits into our coat closet, so a tablecloth was a must. I didn’t have time to shop around, so ordered this navy gingham one from Amazon when we bought the table. It’s a bit shorter on the sides than I’d like and does require a quick iron if you’re packing it away between uses, but I was impressed with the quality for the price.
So many people say that a cast iron skillet is one of the best items you can buy for your kitchen, and after purchasing one about a year ago, I can confirm that to be true! While we don’t use ours nearly as much as we should (I’m still kind of skived out on cleaning/”seasoning” it and have yet to find a way that doesn’t leave me feeling a little grossed out), the handful of times we have cooked with it have yielded wonderful dishes, like this rhubarb spoon cake. Since it takes up valuable cabinet space in our kitchen (you don’t want to stack things on top of it), the goal this year is to get more adventurous with recipes and get over the whole seasoning/”don’t wash with soap and water” cast iron skillet rule. If you have any tips in this area, I’m all ears!
12. TACO STAND
Last but definitely not least–hands down one of the best purchases J has ever made. We use our taco stands regularly and while I thought they were kind of frivolous at first, they’re actually very handy when it comes to assembling and eating your tacos. We may even buy more so we have enough to go around when guests are over! People always reply with curious enthusiasm when I instastory these, so many of you would probably benefit from this fun kitchen accessory :)