The joke goes you are either a “Pinterest Mom” or an “Amazon Mom.” I am, potentially, evidenced by the never-ending flow of boxes at my front door, the president of the Amazon Mom club.
As a wholly overwhelmed working mom, Amazon saves my sanity at least once a day (and made last year a lot easier to manage). I get everything from household goods and beauty products to groceries and Christmas presents.
You just can’t beat the convenience.
Like when my kids tell me some elaborate school project is due in two days, or I’m at Target, and they are out of whatever I’m there for, I open my app and order what I need.
Just last night, I realized that my middle daughter had run out of deodorant (we all noticed because the house stunk); thanks to overnight delivery, I had a box of deodorant on my porch at 4 am.
4am! What a world.
My Favorite Amazon Buys in May
So I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite buys each month from Amazon. There is a little bit of everything here, so scroll through for some unexpected, problem-solving, value-adding finds you might love too.
REN Clean Skincare Glow Tonic
Recently, The Goop Exfoliating Mask, one of my favorite beauty products of all time, was discontinued. *sob*
It was an excellent, gentle yet powerful exfoliator for my sensitive skin. After some research, I decided to replace it with the REN Clean Skincare Glow Tonic, and I’m thrilled with it.
The Ren Clean Skincare Glow Tonic is like a toner, but more. Formulated with Lactic Acid (AHA) and Salicin (BHA) which helps to exfoliate, brighten, and tone your skin gently. I use it after I wash my face (I double cleanse at night) and then follow up with hyaluronic acid to start layering in hydration. It’s gentle enough to use daily, but I limit it to two-three times per week based on other treatments I may be doing.
Press On Nails
Having manicured nails are one of the tricks to always looking well dressed. When my nails are done, I feel more pulled together, even when I’m just wearing sweats. But getting my nails done, while I love it, takes too much time and chips in a few days.
I decided to hop on the press on nail trend, and ladies, they’re pretty great!
First, they take about ten minutes tops to apply. Trim your nails and push back your cuticles. Then, take your nail file and buff your nail bed so you remove any moisture and oils. This helps the glue better adhere.
Figure out which press-on fits your nail best, apply glue to your nail, hold in place for 10 seconds, and you’re done.
It’s so easy, and I get a ton of compliments. Plus, they don’t chip, at all, through typing, washing a million dishes a day, or changing diapers.
Tip: If you want a natural-looking short nail, buy them in “petite” size. My nails grow quickly so these last 7 – 10 days.
CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
Hyaluronic Acid is an essential part of any skincare routine. If you’re unfamiliar with it, understand first that it is not an acid or harsh in any way—quite the opposite. Hyaluronic Acid is a serum that helps put back moisture and hydration into your skin. It’s typically the first step after you cleanse and tone.
You want to apply it to a damp face to lock in the water, then follow up with other serums, moisturizers, and sunscreen in the morning. I use it day and night.
I’m trying this one from CeraVe ($16), and so far, it does what it should at a great price. Usually, hyaluronic acids are incredibly lightweight and transparent. This one applies more like a traditional moisturizer.
Velvet Hangers, $29
Velvet or “Flocked” Hangers are my top recommendation if you want to quickly and affordably transform your existing closet space. They create a uniform look and keep everything at eye level, so you can see what you have, and they save a ton of space. I have them in every closet in my home.
Appliance Tray, $22
If you have appliances living on your countertop that get frequent use, you need this rolling tray. I keep our coffee maker on this, so when we are ready to use it, we roll it out from under the cabinet and then roll it back in place instead of lifting and dragging it, which has caused some staining on our white countertops.
Such a simple fix I knew about when we first redid our kitchen.
Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer
In-Shower Lotion, $8
If you like the classic Jergens gradual tan moisturizer, you’ll love this, “Wet Skin” version. You apply this immediately after you shower on wet skin, locking in moisture and creating a very subtle glow. What’s incredible is that it does not rub off on anything, not stains on your towels, sheets, and clothes.
Facial Razor, $5
I have these facial razors by Tinkle on auto-delivery. I use them as an at-home dermaplane to remove all the peach fuzz from my face. Why on earth would you shave your face? Because it leaves your skin smooth, allowing your products to absorb better and your make-up to go on smoothly.
BB Cream, $35
I mentioned how much I was enjoying the purlisse Radiant BB Cream last month. It’s lightweight with medium coverage (with SPF and other good-for-you ingredients), and blends out evenly. You’ll get a healthy, dewy glow that lasts all day.
I’ve had painful endometriosis since my oldest was born as a result of my first C-Section. Unfortunately, once you have endo, you have it forever, and while I’ve had procedures to remove it, it comes back, often worse than before.
To manage the pain, I have to follow an anti-inflammatory diet. My girlfriend recommended celery juice with ginger and lemon every morning, so I bought this affordable juicer to get me started. It has everything you need without costing hundreds of dollars and takes up only a small footprint in my pantry.
iRobot Roomba Vacuum
iRobot Roomba Vacuum, $250
I’ve officially reached the point in life when I would prefer a vacuum to a piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day, and I’m okay with it.
The iRobot Roomba Vacuum is my favorite gift for a very long time. It’s simple to set up: download the app to your phone, charge it and start using it.
We have a ranch-style home, and our kitchen, dining, and family rooms are all open. This covers the entire main living space. I turn it on when I go to bed at night, it runs for an hour and a half, and I wake up to clean floors in the morning.
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