Reader Faves | Amazon Home & Fashion

Hi friends!  Happy New Year!!  Did you have a good New Year’s Eve?  I rang in the new year with Brian and one of our favorite couples, Steve & Jessica.
Our evening was low key and also a lot of fun hanging out together.  We popped a bottle of 1998 Dom Perignon that I’ve had in my wine cabinet forever!  What better occasion to drink it than the start of 2021!

With Brian’s help, I’ve been doing a bunch of home decor projects over the weekend.  He helped me put James’ new gaming desk together, and since it’s an L-shape, we had to move the bed too. Then, we moved James’ old desk into the media room, which prompted us to take the large Ikea Kallax unit down and rearrange the furniture in there.  And he touched up the paint in James’ room and the media room.  Those spaces look amazing now!

He also changed out several switch plates that didn’t look good in the kitchen and bathroom for pretty ones.   I love having a handy guy that likes to do projects!  I can’t wait to show y’all and some new decor pieces I picked up from Pottery Barn and Target.  It’s looking like a fresh start here!

AMAZON READER FAVES

Today we’re recapping all things Amazon!  I’ve shopped Amazon forever, especially because #momlife, and it’s just so dang convenient!  My goal is to help you easily find things you want or need by scouring Amazon so you don’t have to.  The good and the bad thing about Amazon is that they have everything!

And over the last two years, half of my wardrobe has been composed of pieces from Amazon.  I’ve found so many things that I feel good in and wear on repeat.

The items below were your faves of 2020, and I love all of them too!

Reader Faves 2020 Amazon

Seamless Hipster Undies • Striped Pullover HoodieJersey V-Neck TankStriped SweaterStriped SweaterWoven Crossbody BagDolman Boat Neck TeePonte leggingsGirlfriend Jeans • Core-10 Workout LeggingsJumpsuit

Seamless Hipster Undies • These comfy undies are no show and seamless, also wedgie proof. 😉

Striped Pullover Hoodie • One of our faves for year round.  Wear in the winter with jeans, in the summer with cutoffs.

Jersey V-Neck Tank • Flattering cut and nice and stretchy, plus, long enough for leggings.

Striped Sweater • This is a great basic v-neck sweater that comes in several colors and patterns.

Woven Crossbody Bag • Y’all adored this Spring friendly bag.  I have it in white, but it comes in a warm tan.

Dolman Boatneck Tee •  Boatneck goodness here.  This tee also has stretch and feels great on.

Ponte leggings • We were all crazy for these thick knit leggings that feel like pants, but fit like leggings.

Girlfriend Jeans • Another fave, this pair is stylish, yet relaxed.

Core-10 Workout Leggings • These quality leggings are moisture-wicking, medium-weight fabric with 4-way stretch and high-rise waist.   

Jumpsuit • I can’t count how many times I’ve worn this jumpsuit last year.  It’s great for wearing around the house, school drop off/pick up and for being comfortable and cute while out and about.

Reader Faves Amazon Fashion

 

Skinny BeltHoop EarringsCrossbody Bag •  FedoraStraw Sun Hat • Ponytail Baseball CapBraletteColorfulkoala LeggingsSkinny JeansWide Leg Dress Pants

Skinny Belt • These belts are probably my most worn accessory.  They come in a pack of four (several color combos available), and the gold hardware is really chic.

Hoop Earrings • These small hoop earrings have been on repeat.  They’re small enough to forget you’re wearing them, but large enough to make an impact.

Crossbody Bag • This was your favorite bag of the year.  It reminds me of Madewell without the high pricetag and it’s nice and roomy inside.

Fedora • Almost as popular at the sun hat, the fedora is the Fall/Winter hat fave.

Straw Sun Hat • This hat was also a reader fave in 2019.  You can’t beat the style, quality and price!

Ponytail Baseball Cap • Y’all were definitely into hats this year!  This genius ball cap has a high slit for your ponytail to poke through!

Bralette • Wearing this right.now and on most days when I want support, but don’t feel like wearing a bra.

Colorfulkoala Leggings • My new fave workout leggings and yours too!  I even recommended them to one of my exercise class instructors!

Skinny Jeans • These were our skinny jeans of the year.  They’re flattering and fit in all the right places with enough stretch to be comfortable, but not lose their shape.

Wide Leg Dress Pants • We adored these cute wide leg dress pants that look even better on in person.  They have a wide waistband, then flare out at the leg.  They look great for work with a tucked in top or sweater and heels.

Readers Faves Amazon Beauty

Gelous Nail CoatSilk ScrunchiesMakeup Brush Cleaning MatCuticle Pusher • Revlon Hair Dryer BrushFoot Mask • Tongue Scraper • Self Tanner Mitt • Fake Bake Tanning Spray • Crest Whitestrips

Gelous Nail Coat • Being quarantined with nail salons closed down forced lots of us to do our nails at home.  This gel coat gives your nails a strong smooth surface to prep your nails for painting.  See how I get a perfect gel manicure at home.

Cuticle Pusher • Pushing your cuticles back is one of the first steps to gorgeous looking nails.  This is the one works really well.

Silk Scrunchies • These scrunchies are a dead ringer for the ones I’ve gotten before at Anthro.  I wear them during my workouts and they don’t pull or break my hair.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat • This was a favorite thing at our 2019 party and y’all still loved it in 2020.  Jordan loves to help me clean my makeup brushes with this mat.

Revlon Hair Dryer Brush • If you have trouble drying your hair with a round brush, this one is for you.  It gives you a salon blowout at home with just one tool.  It gets really hot on the high setting, so be sure to use a heat protectant and use the high heat sparingly.  I usually let my hair air dry most of the way, then smooth it out with this tool.

Foot Mask • We all love baby smooth feet and this mask gets you there without all the nasty peeling.

Tongue Scraper • Kinda gross, but also very cool.  The tongue scraper gets all that bacteria and build up off your tongue, leaving you with fresher breath, better sense of taste, and better overall health.

Self Tanner Mitt • We were doing more self tanning at home this year too.  This velvety smooth tanning mitt helps you get a more even application and the Fake Bake Tanning Spray delivers a nice, natural looking tan color. See how I get a golden brown self tan here.

Crest Whitestrips • And we all want whiter teeth.  Crest Whitestrips really work and the new version adheres to your teeth super well.

Reader Faves Amazon Home

Kids’ KnivesFaux EucalyptusFaux TulipsSoftest SheetsFolex Carpet & Upholstery CleanerCork Pops Wine Opener • 2020 Christmas OrnamentTulip Wreath • Sweater Shaver • Travel SteamerPantry LabelsMicrowave Plate CoverSponge & Brush Holder

Kids’ Knives • My 4 year-old daughter loves to help me in the kitchen and these colorful nylon knives are perfect for her.  I also find myself reaching for them from time to time.

Faux Eucalyptus • This faux eucalyptus garland looked even better in person and I decorated with it for Fall and Winter.

Faux Tulips • These were such a hot item and they look and feel so realistic.  I ordered them in pink and white.

Softest Sheets • No surprise here because these amazing, low price/high quality sheets have topped the faves list for three years now!

Folex Carpet & Upholstery Cleaner • This stuff saved the rug in my dining room and also my upholstered chairs.  It works to well to get stubborn stains out.

Cork Pops Wine Opener • My favorite thing of 2020! See my girlfriends’ FAVE THINGS of 2020 here.  Many were Amazon finds!

2020 Christmas Ornament • This was your most favorite home decor item of 2020.  It’s silly and cute and fun way to get a laugh out of this year!  I bought one, did you?

Tulip Wreath • Y’all loved this wreath too!  I liked mine so much I had them on my front door and in my kitchen.

Sweater Shaver • This little gadget gets all those pills off your sweaters, but also does an amazing job on upholstery.

Travel Steamer • I never travel (anymore), but when I do, I always bring this little steamer.

Pantry Labels • I loved how my pantry looked after organizing with these labels.  The font is really fun.

Microwave Plate Cover • Use multiple times a day and it saves me the hassle of having to clean my microwave so often!

Sponge & Brush Holder • I think we’re all looking for a sponge solution and this is it! The suction cup holders never fall!

NORDSTROM VS. AMAZON LOOKS FOR LESS

This post was one of your favorites this year!  Should I do more like it in 2021?

Amazon vs. Nordstrom Fall Fashion

Nordstrom Skinny Jeans • Amazon Skinny Jeans (Top Seller! Have and recommend, fit TTS)

Nordstrom Hat • Amazon Hat (Have and recommend, adjustable fit.)

Nordstrom Cable Knit Sweater • Amazon Cable Knit Sweater (just ordered)

Nordstrom Pocket Cardigan • Amazon Pocket Cardigan

Nordstrom Belt • Amazon Belt (have and recommend)

 

Nordstrom v. Amazon Fall Fashion

Nordstrom Ponte Leggings • Amazon Ponte Leggings (Top Seller! Have and recommend.)

Nordstrom Sweatshirt •  Amazon Sweatshirt (have and recommend)

Nordstrom Leopard Cardigan • Amazon Leopard Cardigan (just ordered)

Nordstrom Pocket Tee • Amazon Pocket Tee • Amazon U-Neck Tee (have and recommend)

 

1 |  Nordstrom Black Booties • Amazon Black Booties

2 |  Nordstrom Sneakers • Amazon Sneakers

3 |  Nordstrom Mules • Amazon Mules

4 | Nordstrom Tan Booties | Nordstrom Tan Booties • Amazon Tan Booties (just ordered)

Nordstrom vs. Amazon Leggings

Nordstrom High Waist Leggings • Amazon High Waist Leggings (Top Seller! have and recommend)

Nordstrom Patterned Leggings • Amazon Patterned Leggings (highly recommend this brand)

Nordstrom Moto Leggings • Amazon Moto Leggings (have and recommend)

Nordstrom Pocket Legging • Amazon Pocket Leggings

 

Nordstrom Puffer Jacket • Amazon Packable Jacket (Top Seller! have and recommend)

Nordstrom Quilted Vest • Amazon Quilted Vest (have and recommend)

Nordstrom Parka • Amazon Packable Hooded Parka (Top Seller! have and recommend)

Nordstrom Zip Pullover • Amazon Zip Pullover (have and recommend)

 

Amazon vs. Nordstrom Fall Fashion

Nordstrom Pajamas • Amazon Pajamas (have and recommend)

Nordstrom Stripe Cardigan • Amazon Stripe Cardigan

Nordstrom Coin Necklace • Amazon Coin Necklace

Nordstrom Crescent Necklace •Amazon Crescent Necklace

Nordstrom Trench Coat • Amazon Trench Coat

Nordstrom Slip On Sneakers • Amazon Slip On Sneakers (Top Seller! Have and recommend.)

 

Nordstrom vs. Amazon Intimates

Nordstrom Seamless Undies (prefer these) • Amazon Seamless Undies (close second)

Nordstrom Seamless Bralette • Amazon Seamless Bralette (just ordered)

Nordstrom Lace Bralette • Amazon Lace Bralette (have and recommend)

Nordstrom Lace Thongs • Amazon Lace Thongs (just ordered)

Nordstrom Shapewear • Amazon Shapewear

 

Nordstrom vs. Amazon Bedding

Barefoot Dream Blanket • Amazon Blanket (Top Seller! have and recommend)

Nordstrom Sheet Set • Amazon Sheet Set (Top Seller! have and recommend)

Nordstrom Mattress Pad • Amazon Mattress Pad

 

Nordstrom Marble Lazy Susan | Amazon Marble Lazy Susan

Marble/Wood Cheese Board • Amazon Marble/Wood Cheese Board

Nordstrom Wooden Cheese Board (sold out) • Amazon Wooden Cheese Board

SPRING DECOR

Set of Pillows • Similar Set of Pillows •This adorable set of pillow covers is only $15 for all four.  They are 18×18 and I adore the designs.

Pink Pillow • A solid pillow always looks great layered with your prints, and these soft, velvet pillow colors have over 7,000 positive reviews.  They also come in a ton of colors.

White Textured Pillow • This textured pillow reminds me of the ones at Anthropologie for a fraction of the price!

Yellow Dish Towels • An easy way to brighten up your kitchen for the seasons is with pretty dishtowels.  You cannot go wrong with yellow and lemons!

Dish Towels • But I’m crazy for this style too!

Softest Sheet Set • Oh yes, you know it!  Spring is the best time to refresh your bedsheets if you need a new set.  I’m still a firm believer in this softest sheet set, and since I first ordered mine years ago, the positive reviews have risen to 81,000!

White Lamps • True story- I used to be a lamp hoarder.  I loved changing them out and the lamp section at Homegoods was always my first stop!  This white set is so pretty and they are a great tall size, perfect for a living room or bedroom.

Shower Liner • It must be the Spring Cleaning I’ve been doing, but it felt so good to get a brand new shower liner for the bathroom!

Coffee Mugs • Are you passionate about your coffee mugs too??  I adore this pink set and it looks just like the kind of handle that feels good in your hand.  This set looks great too and I love the blue!

Table Runner • Oooh, this floral embroidered table runner is so pretty! I love the pastels and think it looks great with the table cloth below!

Gingham Table Cloth • Yep, this one 😉

Woven Basket • You can never have too many baskets in your home.  We use them to corral toys, books, magazines, blankets, pillows and more.

SPRING DOOR MATS | ALL ON PRIME

How fun are all of these doormats?!  Any one of them would surely brighten up your doorstep or back porch, and they’re all sturdy too!

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* If you like to layer your doormat, I have this black and white buffalo check rug under mine!

Amazon Dining Room Decor

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Gold Flatware • Gold flatware just looks so chic and the kids really love it.  For the longest time, James would ask, “can we use the ‘golden’ forks?! 

Drinking Glasses • I like the simple design on these 7 ounce glasses and they come in a set of 12 for just $24.

Wine Glasses & Champagne Flutes are a must have since quarantine!  Both of these styles are elegant and modern. 

Faux Eucalyptus • Especially after dealing with fruit flies recently, I’m all about the faux botanicals! 

Votive Candle Holders • I’m a huge fan of the ambiance candles provide.  How sexy is this set?! 

Steak Knives • I could use a few more steak knives since I only have a few and I feel like they’re always in the dishwasher (although I know hand washing is preferred).  I have these J.A. Henckles and they are the best I’ve used.

Buffalo Check Pillow Cover • Pillows definitely add some softness to a room and buffalo check is a classic. 

Cloth Napkins • You may have heard me mention that we switched from paper napkins/towels to using cloth ones.  It saves money and I don’t mind washing.  I like to keep Napkin Rings on the cloth napkins at a place setting to keep the table looking pretty. 

Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig • I haven’t seen this potted fiddle leaf fig in person, but it got good reviews and the photos look really good! 

Table Runner • I’ll be keeping the dining room neutral toned and I like the texture and boho vibe this table runner lends. 

Dinnerware Set • You can’t go wrong with a simple set of white dinnerware.  This one is 18 pieces and serves 6 for only $45.

Dining Room Chair • I was able to salvage my dining room chairs, but if you’re looking for upholstered chairs, these look great and have gorgeous nailhead trim.

Placemats (not pictured) • Last but not least, we always eat on placemats.  They look good and help keep messes, spills and crumbs at bay! I love these because they are easy to wash off and look good as new forever!

AMAZON kitchen

Measuring Cups & Spoons • Paper Towel Holder • Gold Flatware • Wire Basket • Gold Bowl • Glass Canisters • Utensils • Salt and Pepper Shakers • Gold Charger • Coffee Maker

Air Fryer • I use my air fryer almost everyday and it’s amazing!  It’s healthier than traditional frying because you don’t need to add any oil.  I typically cook fish in it (350 for 10 minutes), but I’ve also done lots of veggies (Brussels sprouts are so good), chicken wings, fries, and more.  It comes with a handy recipe book to help get you started.

Nutribullet •  This little gadget is for my smoothies and it’s super easy to use.  It’s got a powerful blade to quickly blend everything, but is also petite- perfect for small storage spaces.  Lately James has been making vanilla “Frappucinos” in it too!

Milk Frother • Definitely not a necessity, but a fun thing to have!  It’s great for frothing your coffee and hot chocolate. The kids go crazy for it!

Rapid Egg Cooker • This is a new purchase for me and I’m already smitten.  I got it because I wanted to start adding soft boiled eggs to my salads.  I usually avoid making boiled eggs because it takes too long and I never remember the recipe- I always have to google it and then I’m still not sure I’m doing it the best way.  This thing takes the guesswork out and gives you perfectly cooked eggs in minutes without having to think about it.  It can make hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, scrambled and even omelets!

Microwave Plate Cover • Oh man, one of my not favorite things to do is scrub caked on food in the microwave.  I got this microwave plate cover in December and cannot believe I didn’t get it sooner! It fits over your plate/bowl/container while you’re cooking or reheating your food, and any splashes are contained to the cover.  It washes super easy! Jordan loves spaghetti.  You should see this thing after I reheat spaghetti!  It looks like a blood bath, but I’d rather have that on the inside of this cover than all over my microwave!  You can easily wash it with soap and water and I’ve even put it in the dishwasher.

Dyson Stick Vac • Aside from my coffee maker, this is probably my favorite small appliance in my house.  I can’t even count the number of times I’ve used it because it’s typically everyday, and sometimes twice.  I use it to get all the kids’ crumbs up after their meals and also on the couch, stairs and in my car.  I love all the attachments and you even saw me using it to dust the shelves in my office and the holiday storage closet!  It’s seriously a game changer, not having a cord follow you around while you are vacuuming.  It’s an investment, but highly worth every penny!

Sponge & Brush Holder • The sponge and scrub brush are the bane of my existence!  I’ve tried keeping them under the sink because I really don’t like them out, but it’s such a pain to have to bend over and open the cabinet, reach for the sponge or brush so many times a day.  I finally made peace with keeping them in the sink and now it’s not so bad since I have this handy holder that holds both in one! It’s such a small thing, but the convenience is so nice.  This holder stays put because there is a wide sticky film that adheres to your sink, and then you put the metal part on it.  It’s never fallen!

Mini Portable Speaker • Did you guys see James’ party bus for his 10th birthday?  One thing I told him was that he needed to make a music playlist and then we had his dad bring his bluetooth speaker and the kids LOVED it!  They jammed out all night and it was so fun!  It made me want to get my own speaker for home and I’m crazy for this little guy I found!  It’s about the size of a small apple and the sound quality is so good!  I just charged it up with the cord it came with, turned it on and it automatically connected to my iPhone when I went to my bluetooth settings!  I love listening to music or podcasts when I’m cleaning and this thing is perfect.  And because it’s so small, it’s perfect for traveling or toting in your purse. It also comes in several colors – I got the gold.

Bath Caddy • Jordan loves to take baths and often changes her mind about which bathroom she wants to bathe in at night.  Sometimes it’s her bathroom, and sometimes my big bathtub. And she wants to have all her bath toys and bubbles during the bath.  I got tired of having to scoop them all up so I found this rubber bath caddy that has holes on the bottom so all the wet stuff can drain!  I literally just gather all her things, throw them in the caddy, and hang the handle on the faucet of the bathtub after the bath.  Then, I can easily bring it to another bathroom.  It’s also great for your collage age kids that need to tote their own shower supplies to a community bathroom.

Wash Cloths • Speaking of baths, we were running short on washcloths (but have plenty of towels), so I bought this big set in the three colors.  Purple for Jordan’s bathroom, pink for mine, and white for James. They are a great 12×12 size, absorbent, soft and wash well.  I should move some to the kitchen, I’m always needing to wipe Jordan’s face! They’re 24 for only $17 with 9,000+ positive reviews.

Kitchen Aid Mixer • Kids Kitchen Knife • Toaster • Stainless Steel Whisks • Bamboo Cutting Board • Peeler • Can Opener • Pizza Wheel • Cereal Storage Containers • Butter Crock • Measuring Cups

Kitchen Aid Mixer • Pretty sure this mixer needs no introductions, it is a must have for any baker. We use ours all the time, even with the banana bread. Your biggest decision is what color!

Kids Kitchen Knife • Jordan loves to help me in the kitchen, so I just ordered these 100% Food Grade and BPA-Free, kids safe kitchen knives.  She will LOVE them!

Toaster • James used to eat raisin bread toast every morning for breakfast and I do like an avocado egg toast, or my Power Grains waffles.  Dual control panels make this toaster easy to make several pieces at once.

Stainless Steel Whisks • I use a whisk every day for my pancake and beyond.  This set is made of high quality durable stainless steel and highly-polished processing method. It’s ergonomically designed for excellent balance and control-for a difference you can really feel in the hand. Bonus : they are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup!

Bamboo Cutting Board • I’m always using a cutting board to chop and help protect our marble counters.  I like the size and not too heavy weight of this one.  It has over 2,700 positive reviews and a lifetime guarantee.

Peeler • I recently tossed my rusty peeler and can opener and invested in these good ones.  It’s so much nicer to have a good, clean one!

Can Opener • I prefer this handheld can opener over the big electric one.  It’s super easy to use.  Which kind do you have?

Pizza Wheel • Oddly enough, I use my pizza cutter most often for cutting the kids pancakes into squares.  It’s so much easier than using a knife and fork!

Cereal Storage Containers • If you saw my pantry makeover, then you know my love of all things organization related. We store our cereals in these airtight containers and they help keep cereal fresh and easy to pour. Plus, I love the look so much better – especially when we add a label to match the rest of my pantry items. 😉

Butter Crock • Have you guys ever tried a butter crock? They are a game changer! No more cold butter from fridge. This crock keeps your butter soft and spreadable for use on rolls, bread, toast, waffles, pancakes and more, without having a gooey mess on a plate somewhere. Enjoy room temperature butter in the morning! On your protein pancake!

Measuring Cups • I love these measuring cups for so many reasons. The set includes every size you need and they are color coded for my old eyes! And they also have the ml measurement on the cups as well!

Amazon Kitchen Essentials.2

Dish Towels • Sponge Holder • Mason Jar Soap Dispenser • Le Creuset Dutch Oven • Cookware Set • 20-Piece Silverware • Microfiber Dish Mat • Stainless Steel Strainers • Marble Serving Board

Sponge Holder • If you have been here a while then you already know my love of this sponge holder. I love how it sits inside the sink so you can’t see those sponges out on the counter. It also won’t fall down! It’s stainless steel as well, so no rusting and it’s easy to clean.

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser • I have two similar bottles on my sink for hand soap and dish soap and it looks so pretty and clean!  This two pack even comes with labels to dress up your dispensers.

Le Creuset Dutch Oven • Every time I pull out my dutch oven, I’m so thankful I have it!  It’s a quality piece that will last you a lifetime and you can cook so many things in it.

Cookware Set • I purchased this cookware several months ago and it’s been a pleasure to use.  It’s thermolon ceramic non-stick, perfect frying results using less oil and easy cleaning.

20-Piece Silverware • This silverware is close to one of the sets I have and I love the simple design.  They are durable for daily use and dishwasher safe.

Microfiber Dish Mat • I have several coffee mugs, Jordan’s cups and pots and pans that I hand wash, so this microfiber dish mat sits beside the sink for quick air drying.

Stainless Steel Strainers • I often use these strainers over a large colander if I’m straining a smaller quantity.  I also like them for sifting dry ingredients as well as washing fruit. I use mine to drain things like a can of chickpeas.

Marble Serving Board • This serving board is not only beautiful, it’s functional! Food-safe natural oil finish helps protect and preserve the wood and it’s ideal for charcuterie and cheese plates. Would make a great gift as well!

 

Amazon Kitchen Essentials.3

Microfiber Cleaning Towels • Rubber Gloves • Coffee Mugs • Microwave Cover • Nutribullet • OXO Food Containers • Salad Dressing Maker • Kitchen Mat • Food Storage with Lids

Microfiber Cleaning Towels • Did you know I (almost) quit paper towels? I use them every once in awhile for patting dry fish or chicken or placing bacon on out of the pan.  But, for cleaning, I mostly use these microfiber towels. They are ultra soft, non-abrasive and will not scratch paints or other surfaces. I wipe down my marble counters with them with just mild soap and water or counter spray.

Rubber Gloves • I never do dishes without wearing gloves.  For one thing, my water gets really hot and I also like to save my hands and manicure! These are my favorite kind of gloves to wear.

Coffee Mugs • I got these mugs around Valentine’s day and have been so impressed with the quality, size and how they feel in my hand. If you are looking for a good basic mug set, then your search is over! They come in several pretty colors.

Microwave Cover • This product may have changed my life! Is that too bold to say about a piece of plastic? LOL This cover makes heating up leftovers easy with no messy cleanup.  With over 2,400 reviews, it looks like I’m not alone!

Nutribullet • The Nutribullet is the fastest, easiest solution for making single serve smoothies. Load it up with your favorite whole foods like nuts, berries and spinach, then push, twist and blend to make your drink. It’s so easy to use that James uses it to make vanilla frappes!

OXO Food Containers • These are my main food storage containers because they completely seal your food, keeping it fresher longer.  Plus, the push button is so easy to use to open and close and they look great in your pantry or shelf.  If you’re worried about forgetting how to cook the food you decanted, cut the directions  off the bag and tape it to the bottoms of the container for easy reference.

Salad Dressing Maker • I love this little guy.  You can shake up your own dressing or decant a too-fast pouring dressing into it, since it pours slower!  It’s also airtight and dishwasher safe!

Kitchen Mat • I don’t have these, but I’ve stood on them in my sister-in-law’s kitchen and they are awesome!  At ¾” thick, the mats are ergonomically engineered to keep you comfortable while standing for prolonged periods of time. The premium quality foam helps to eliminate tension to give you superior support in your kitchen, laundry room, office, or other high-trafficked area. They also come in several different color options and patterns to fit your kitchen.

Food Storage with Lids • I have an aversion to mismatched tupperware, so I bought this set years ago and never looked back.  It’s the only set I need and the durable plastic bases resist stains and odors.

Amazon Kitchen Essentials.4

Mini Waffle Maker • Nespresso Machine • Cuisinart Knife Set • Silcone Baking Mat • Air Fryer • Cooking Utensils • Mixing Bowls • Meal Prep Containers

Mini Waffle Maker • I used to make a 1 carb waffle when I was on bikini prep, and fell in love with this guy for it.  It’s so easy to use and makes your waffle in minutes.

Nespresso Machine • Y’all know I have a fancy Jura coffee machine, but before that, I had a Nespresso that I loved!  It’s so cool because you get to choose different flavor coffee pods that make a single cup of coffee with the touch of a button and it’s so easy to clean.

Cuisinart Knife Set • I’ve been eyeing this white knife set for awhile, but it kept selling out!  I finally just ordered it and it should be here soon!   With a lifetime warranty, this set includes: 8″ Chef Knife, 8″ Slicing Knife, 7″ Santoku Knife, 5.5″ Utility Knife, 3.5″ Paring Knife, 2.75″ Bird’s Beak Paring Knife, 4.5″ Steak Knives (6), 8″ Sharpening Steel, All-Purpose Household Shears, and Wooden Block.

Silcone Baking Mat • No need for oil, cooking sprays or parchment paper with these baking sheets. They are oven safe up to 480 degrees F and fit half sheet pans. Not to mention easy to clean!

Air Fryer • By now you all know my love for my Air Fryer. It makes the perfect fish filet!  This air fryer lets you cook your favorite foods with little to no oil.  I need to do a full post of everything I like to make in the air fryer – brussels sprouts top the list too!

Cooking Utensils • I’ve been really pleased with the quality of this set of utensils and how easy they are to hold.  The set includes: spoon, slotted spoon, soup ladle, slotted turner, spaghetti server, spatula and oil brush. All silicone parts are heat resistant up to 240 degree Celsius or 464 degree Fahrenheit. Unlike plastic or rubber, the high heat tolerance of the silicone heads prevents the utensil from melting when exposed to heat.

Mixing Bowls • These non skid bottom bowls are great for mixing and the ones we use for our banana bread and pancake mix. They nest together for easy storage and are dishwasher safe and BPA free. Pick one of three color combinations to match your kitchen. White for me, of course!

Plastic Meal Prep Containers • These are the meal prep containers I use and you can get them in different types of dividers.  They come with lids and stack neatly in your fridge.

Wow, that was a lot!  As I got going, I wanted to make sure I had a comprehensive list of tools and gadgets for you and I think this pretty much covers it!  I’ll do a live kitchen tour on Stories this week so you can see where I store all of these things in my kitchen!

PANTRY ORGANIZATION

Pantry Storage Organization

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Rug • Glass Jars w Wooden Lids • Font Labels • Chalk Labels • OXO Containers • Glass Jar • Cork Shelf Liner • Glass Jars • Woven Baskets • Expand-A-Shelf

Pantry Organization

1 Cereal Container | 2 Glass Jars | 3 Font Labels | 4 Chalk Labels | 5 OXO Containers | 6 Glass Jar | 7 Cork Shelf Liner | 8 Grip Shelf Liner | 9 Glass Jars

OUR PATIO & LANDSCAPING REFRESH

Dress • Bracelets • Earrings • Buffalo Check Rug • Hello Mat • Floral Wreath • Black Planters

Floral Wreath • Faux Succulents • Wood Bench • Buffalo Check Rug • Hello Mat • Owl • Garden Stool • Sidewalk Lights • Eucalyptus Wreath • Stripe Pillows • Square Stripe Pillows • Iron Bench • Black Planters • Table • Potted Succulents

TIPS FOR DECORATING A SMALL BACKYARD PATIO

Tips for a Small Backyard & Patio

 

LED Cafe Lights • Herb Garden Pots • Outdoor Pillows • Footstool • Swing • Melamine Dinneware Set of 4 • Outdoor Placemats • Lantern • Outdoor Fire Pit • Succulent Planter Pots •  Serving Trays • Palm plant • Table and Chair Set • Unbreakable Wine Tumbler • Outdoor Rug • Bamboo Plant stands • Bench with Storage

LED Cafe Lights • These cafe lights have over 3,000 positive reviews!  I think they’ll be perfect for eventual entertaining. You can display them year round with lights bright enough to BBQ by without a flashlight, but dim enough not to overwhelm.  They’re waterproof and can withstand heavy winds.

Herb Garden Pots • These are perfect for small urban gardens and the pots are lined with foil for planting. And how cute is the wooden tray?!

Woven Outdoor Pillows • Similar Pillows • I couldn’t believe these were outdoor pillows!  They look so modern and kinda remind me of Nate Berkus.   They’re a set of 4 for only $45 and you can machine wash them.  Be sure to get inserts though.

Straw Footstool • When you want to prop your feet up (ideally with drink in hand!). They’re hollow and steel enforced which make them perfect to us as a footstool or extra seating. Not to mention they are mold proof and add that textural element.

Outdoor Swing • I can see my kids loving this swing for the backyard. It can hold up to 600 lbs, so we can use it too!

Melamine Dinneware Set of 4 • This melamine service for 4 includes dinner plates, salad plates, & bowls and is perfect for eating outside.

Outdoor Placemats •  These placemat chargers are easy to clean with a damp sponge and great for indoor or outdoor use. 

Lantern • I love the way a lantern dresses up an outdoor space and these come with the flameless candle.

Outdoor Fire Pit • Bring on the s’mores! This gas outdoor fire table has an ignition device that makes it easy to adjust the flame with a simple switch.  It also converts to a side table.

Succulent Planter Pots • These singular succulent pots add the perfect modern vibe and you can use them indoors or out.

Serving Trays • This set of 2 wooden serving trays are made from reclaimed wood and whitewashed for that farmhouse chic look.

Palm plant • Did you know Amazon ships live plants? This is new to me, but I was excited to see this palm option for the backyard. I love the way it fills a space, especially outdoors.

Table and Chair Set • If you’re looking for a new set of chairs, check these out.  They’re a great style, rust and fade proof with removable padded cushions.

Unbreakable Wine Tumbler • If you enjoy wine then you know, unbreakable is a must outdoors! These clear tumbler style wine glasses let you sip in style without sacrificing the look and feel of real glassware.  Outdoor Rug • This geometric rug is eco-friendly, made from recycled straws so it’s strong and comfortable underfoot.  It’s also easy to clean and fade resistant. 

Bamboo Plant Stands • These stand extend from 8” -12” inches to hold your plant of choice, no matter what size pot they’re in. You can also flip the short plant stand upside down.

Bench with Storage •  This bench has 70 gallons of hidden storage underneath the seat.  Dress it up with your favorite throw pillows for an extra punch.

Outdoor Bluetooth Speaker • Add some tunes to the outdoors with this bluetooth speaker- in your favorite color.  It has over 50,000 positive reviews! It’s also water resistant and has over 14 hours of battery life.

Smores Kit • Yes, please! These marshmallow roasting sticks are the perfect tools for making s’mores outside. They extend up to 32 inches long to keep your littles far away from the flame. They also have colored handles making it easy to remember which stick is yours.

Outdoor Storage Container •  The perfect place to store outdoor patio furniture cushions, outdoor toys, pool accessories, and beach towels. This bench can also double as extra seating if needed, and holds up to 150 gallons over storage capacity.

Outdoor Rattan Sofa • I’d love to have a sofa in our backyard, and I’d love this one!  It has a powder-coated aluminum frame and wide, deep body, with a gray-on-gray synthetic rattan weave.  The UV protection will help it last for years outside.

VALENTINE’S DAY | ALL ON PRIME

Vase • Table • Chairs • Plates • Buffalo Check Napkins • Washable Placemats • Faux Peony Bouquet

Vase • Faux Peony Bouquet

Tulip Wreath • Valentine Banner • Corkcicle • Kitchen Towels • Apron • Table Runner • Buffalo Check Pillows • Valentine Pillows • Faux Fur Blanket • Front Door Decor • Valentine Paper Pom Decor • Eyelash Mug • Pink Matches

Tulip Wreath • Y’all already know how much I’m loving my tulip wreath and I’ve enjoyed seeing it in your homes too!  You can always tag me on Instagram and Stories @honeywerehome and I can share!  I have the darker red/pink wreaths on my front door, and bought the white/light pink for my kitchen. It looks absolutely gorgeous and I love how often I get to see it!

Valentine Banner • I usually add a banner above Jordan’s bed for the holiday and it’s an easy, inexpensive way to add some Valentine decor!

Corkcickle • As a gift or for yourself, a corkcickle is awesome!  And pink for Valentine’s Day. 😉 Triple isolated, it will keep your drink cold or hot for 9 hours.  The silicone bottom is slip proof- good for putting on the bleachers at the ball fields with your drink of choice.  Shhh, I won’t tell!

Kitchen Towels • I’ve done away with paper towels over here and don’t really miss them.  We use kitchen towels and cloth napkins now.  Having a set of each you truly like using or displaying is so nice!

Apron • I’ve come to enjoy putting on an apron, especially when we bake.  It does help save all that flour from getting on your clothes, plus it looks absolutely adorable! The one above is only $17!

Table Runner • Dang, this runner is cute! Hearts on hearts, but more styles available.

Buffalo Check Pillows & Valentine Pillows • Pillows are an easy way to update your decor.  I like the mix of buffalo check with the Valentine’s script pillows.

Faux Fur Blanket • We can never have enough throw blankets around here.  Not only do we cuddle up with them, they also make great decor over chairs, in baskets or folded neatly on the couch.  This one is extra furry and soft.

Heart Envelope Door Decor • I just bought this adorable heart exploding envelope and it’s the cutest thing!  It’s really large, so it makes a big statement and the quality is so good!  I’ll be happily using it year after year.

Valentine Paper Pom Decor • If you really want to add some pizazz, this paper pom pom display will do the trick!

Eyelash Mug • How sweet is that eyelash mug?!  The detail is so cute with the gold handle.

Pink Matches • Every.single.evening I light candles in the living room and one in the kitchen.  The kitchen candle is my reward for cleaning up every night.  The living room candles help me relax after what is usually a hustle of a day.  I thought these pink matches make the cutest decor and would be a lovely gift, not to mention, useful! They come in every color.

AFFORDABLE FALL DECOR

Fall decor front porch

Similar Wreaths • Checkered Mat • Happy Fall Mat

NEUTRAL DECOR

Amazon Neutral Fall Decor

Chairs • Mirror • Tassel Beads • Pouf • Macrame Planter • Vases • Throw • Flameless Candles • Decorative Books • Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig • Basket • Macrame Wall Hanging • Faux Leather Pillow Cover • Tassel Pillow Cover

Chairs • I was able to reuse the upholstered chairs I already had for my dining room makeover, but had I needed new ones, this set of 2 is so pretty! I love the light wood wash and neutral beige fabric that that goes so well with almost anything.  And it’s a classic shape that never goes out of style.

Mirror • Mirrors bring so much light to a room and circles soften all the square lines in a room.  This one is 20 inches with a gold finish.

Tassel Beads • I have a set of these wooden beads sitting in a decorative dish in my living room, but they look so good all over the house.  You could add them to your 3-tiered tray, put them on your Christmas tree (already so looking forward to it😆) , around a candle or lamp- the ideas are endless.  This particular pair has over 1,000 positive reviews.

Pouf • The chunky knit texture on this pouf adds a lot of interest to your room.  They’re also incredibly useful for resting your feet or just as a decorative accent.  1,800 positive reviews on this one!

Macrame Planter • The macrame planter I have in my kitchen is one of my favorite decor pieces.  Every time I take it down to water it, that space looks so sparce and barren without it!  And my plant has grown so much since I first hung it!  The macrame knit style gives such a boho charm to a space.  You can hang this one from the ceiling or on a wall.

Vases • These white distressed ceramic vases come in a set of three and they are functional (holding water) for real flowers.

Throw • Definitely take a closer look at this decorative throw blanket.  It has a beautiful textured diamond pattern and a row of delicate fringe.  I think it’s better suited as a decorative accent draped over the back of your sofa, at the end of a chair, or tucked into a basket, rather than cozying up with.  But don’t worry, I’ve got a super cozy blanket for you below!

Flameless Candles • We used these candles all.the.time last winter and they were great because they come with a remote that the kids can operate!  You can also put them on a timer to stay on for 2-8 hours, then they automatically turn off.  You just need 3 AAA batteries for each candle (there are 9 in the set).  These candles look real, they are made with real wax and the flame flickers!

Decorative Books • I’ve been seeing these modern rustic books around a lot lately and I think they are darling.  This set of three comes with the words “Home” “Sweet” “Home” and includes the decorative twine to tie around the bundle.  And they aren’t fake books- they are new, real books with blank pages you (or your kids) can write in.

Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig • The best statement making plant sure is finicky! I had a real one in my old office and it was professionally cared for and really thrived- but it was also right next to a huge window, so it got tons of natural light.  The real fiddle leaf fig I had in my home bit the dust in no time. Now, I opt for faux and this one looks really good.  You can get it in varying heights (22in – 49″).  You’ll want to ‘repot’ it since it just comes in a plain black bucket.

Basket • That’s where this basket comes in! The seagrass adds that texture we’ve been talking about, and it comes in three different sizes.  I always keep a basket on hand for toys, blankets, and even on my stairs to corral all.the.things!

Macrame Wall Hanging • I’ve always been drawn to these special wall hangings, but don’t have any in my house.  This one comes with two different styles and they add that extra interest to your walls.  They look great over beds, in nurseries – really anywhere you choose!

Faux Leather Pillow Cover • Switching up the pillows on your sofa is one of the easiest ways to refresh your space.  I dig the combo of this faux leather pillow that looks well worn, with this textured Tassel Pillow Cover.

 

Fall Decor All on Amazon

Lantern • Flameless Candles • Wreath • Check Pillow Covers • Gold Bowl • Gold Pumpkins • Candle • Happy Fall Mat • Checkered Mat • Coffee Mug • Mason Jar Soap Dispensers

Amazon Fall Decor

Pillows • Chair • Banner • Rug • Spider Web • Throw Pillows • Black Pumpkin • Mini Pumpkins • Owls • Bats • Hello Sign

 

TWO THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPES

Thanksgiving Tablescapes, Modern Black and White, Lace Dress, Scrabble Art

Black Charger • Dinner Plates • Eucalyptus Garland • Thankful Napkins •Napkin Rings •  Stripe Table Runner • Goblets • Gold Flatware •  Tall Candlesticks • Thankful Platter • Water Glasses • Faux Pumpkins

Thanksgiving Tablescapes, Traditional Fall Colors

Dinner Plates • Candlesticks • Thankful Platter • Water Glasses • Tall Candlesticks • Leaf Garland • Gold Flatware • Silverware Sleeve • Gold Trim Plate • Napkin • Plaid Runner

OUR CHRISTMAS DINING ROOM

Christmas Dining Table

Table Cloth • Napkins • Garland • Candles • White Dinner Plates • Water Glasses • Gold Flatware • Gold Soup Spoons • Candle Holder Centerpiece

OUR CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR

Christmas Home Tour

Puff Sleeve Tee • Jeans • Slippers • Tree • Similar Train

HOW I STORE HOLIDAY DECOR

Christmas Storage

Hanging Gift Wrap Organizer | 2  Gift Wrap Storage | 3 Gift Wrap Organizer | 4 Ornament Storage | 5 Ornament Storage | 6 Ornament Storage | 7 Rolling Tree Storage | 8 Wreath Storage

OFFICE ORGANIZATION

Clear Drawer Organizer • Drawer/Shelf Liner • Gold Scissors • Small Gold Scissors • Macaroon Erasers • Rubber Band Ball

Desk Pad • Acrylic Stapler & Tape Dispenser • Office Labels • Drawer Organizer • Desk Organizer Set • Erasable Pens • Labeler • Macaroon Erasers • Scissors • Rubber Band Ball • Storage Boxes • Rolling Cart

VANITY ORGANIZATION

Vanity Organization

 

Four Drawers • Nail Polish Holder • Clear Cubes • Lipstick Holder • Rose Gold Containers • Multi Purpose Holder • Rotating Storage • Drawer Organizer • Compact Organizer • Clear Canisters • Makeup Organizer • Heat Safe Storage

Four Drawers • This acrylic cosmetic storage case comes in a bronze glow color and organizes all your makeup and cosmetics into four little drawers.   The container measures approximately 9.25”L x 5.37”W x 7.87”H (each drawer approx. 1.62” deep). It also includes a removable black mesh padding that keeps makeup items protected and in place.

Nail Polish Holder • I need to buy this!  If you do your own nails at home and have several colors on hand, this nail polish holder will keep everything tidy and easy to see.  This 4 tier storage measures 12-inches x 6-inches,  just right for bathrooms on a vanity or in a drawer.

Clear Cubes • These clear acrylic apothecary jars combine beauty with organization. Each apothecary jar has a removable acrylic lid and a wide mouth to make accessing bathroom necessities and accessories super easy.

Lipstick Holder • This lipstick organizer holds 40 lipsticks/glosses and keeps them all upright in one place.

Rose Gold Containers • Not only are these containers functional, they’re also beautiful!  They come in 60, 30-ounce, and 15-ounce sizes and are just right for cotton balls and q-tips.

Multi Purpose Holder • This multi purpose storage unit is perfect for organizing all your makeup and brushes in just one container. Plus, I love the gold trim!

Rotating Storage • The lazy suzan of makeup organization!  This piece rotates 360 degrees, making it easy access to all of your makeup products. You can adjust the height of laminates as you like and its convenient to clean with removable design and washable material.

Drawer Organizer • Nearly all of my drawers have drawer organizers and they are so useful!  This one has 10-pieces and includes a new slim size, 9-inch by 2-inch organizers for makeup brushes and pencils.

Compact Organizer • How perfect is this storage for your compacts?  I just bought it for my compacts, blushes and a couple of eyeshadow palettes.

Clear Canisters •  These canisters come in 20 oz and 100 oz.  You can store all your bathroom odds and ends like cotton balls, cotton rounds, bath salts, makeup sponges, rubber bands, needles, etc.

Makeup Organizer • Divided compartments are perfect for holding lipstick and makeup brushes and the open compartments are great for storing bottles and eyeshadow palettes.  This organizer measures 12 x 8 inches.

Heat Safe Storage • If your hairdryer and curling iron have no place to go, this heat safe storage solution is genius!  It stands on your counter and has two compartments to keep your tools neat and separated.  The steel wire lets you store tools even while they’re still hot. It has almost 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon and comes in more colors.

As you can see, I’ve done my fair share of market research on Amazon! I hope these posts help make your life easier.  What are you interested in seeing from Amazon in 2021?  Are you more into the fashion posts or home decor?

If you want to see what I’m buying and recommend, you can shop my Amazon store here.

Now let’s go kick Monday’s booty!

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2 Comments

  1. Valarie
    January 4, 2021 / 8:46 am

    This is awesome!! Thank you for putting all of this together! I have purchased several of your recommendations. You have such great style. My favorite post has been the Nordstrom vs. Amazon post. THANK YOU!!!

    • Megan
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      January 4, 2021 / 9:44 am

      Thank you so much Valarie! Wishing you a wonderful 2021!

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