Favorite Amazon Finds of 2019

2019 Amazon Round Up

So I drafted this post over a month ago and life has just gotten CRAZY! I was taking time off to myself after grad school and focusing on work as I was working on a big project and it is finally complete resulting in a PROMOTION!!!

Now that that is over and I am feeling refreshed, here is a post I should have done at the very end of the year… only a month late.

I use amazon for almost everything as most of us do. When I moved into my place and as I have continued to settle in i started ordering a tone of stuff for organization and decor. I also follow a tone of bloggers that get a shit ton of  beauty and clothes off of Amazon.

Organization Items

I may be a hot mess and have shit all over my apartment, BUT it all has a place. I love organizing because it makes it so much easier to put things away! During the week I pretty much come home, drop everything, do homework when I was in school, then go to bed – hence why my apartment is a disaster.

ANYWAYS- There are a few items I absolutely love that help organize all my shit. I have like 50 pairs of shoes, and didn’t know what to do with them in my new closet. I orders a Boot Rack and this over the door hanger!

Also, this so handy to organize all my make-up organizer. I don’t wear make-up regularly, but I do like wearing it on a nice night out or special occasion. I did Ipsy for a while so  I have a tone of samples, this just keeps everything organized. Also, I only do laundry like twice a month because I am lazy lol, so I have multiple Laundry basket. I have one in my closet and one in my bathroom, this Narrow Laundry Basket  makes it easy for me to pick up all the clothes I just throw on the ground easily and doesn’t take up a tone of space.

Tech

I don’t know about you, but when I spend over $800 on an iPhone, I am going to make sure that I do everything in my power to protect it. I have used this brand of Glass Screen Protector for years and it has saved my life several times. ALSO, my first day having my apple watch I scratched it. This Apple Watch Protector

is one of the best purchases I have ever made, and it is only $8. I have the iPhone XR in yellow, so I didn’t want to hide the color- this clear Phone Case is gelly and super protective. I drop my phone ALLLL the time and it’s been good so far!

Beauty

Now. We all want to keep our hair from breaking skin flawless. I am so happy I have purchased the following items, they have changed my life. I bought these Silk Scrunchies

to sleep in because I hate sleeping with my hair down but was finding a tone of breakage. After a tone of research and previously purchasing these Satin Pillow Cases,

my hair started improving and I decided to get these scrunchies – they work, plus they are super cheap. The satin pillow case also helps your skin with acne and wrinkles. Plus it keeps your hair fluffy and makes the dry shampoo work easier.

I have a tone of hair and blowouts are not the easiest. I have the T3 hairdryer and curling iron, but wanted straight blow outs. I needed a good round brush and this Round Blowout Brush is it! I love it, the heat and air is perfectly distributed and I can go like 3 days between washes. Also, combined with the scrunchies and pillow cases, my hair has never felt healthier.

Home

I think that I end up getting everything for my home on amazon. If not than target or wayfair – but mostly amazon. I love being a prime member, I really do. Everything comes like the next day!

I don’t personally have this item, James bought it for Christmas with a gift card he got, but we use my amazon account for everything. He actually uses his Ninja Blender everyday to make a smoothie now that I got him into Orgain Protein Powder. It is amazing. I have the Cuisinart Smoothie Blender in White which is actually $7 off right now and on prime shipping. I did not get mine on amazon, I bought it at Crate and Barrel when it first came out.

Now time for my pride and joy… my Crockpots. Most of the recipes that I post have my crockpots tagged on them. If you saw my last post, I have two crockpots. This 4.5 Quart one and also a smaller 1 quart for sauces. I did have a 7 Quart crockpot, however one of my old roommates melted the nob, so I left it when I moved. For now, these are perfect for just me – once Jay and I move in together, I will most likely get a larger one too.

If you are a city girl like me and like to go to classes after work, this is the cutest  Yoga Mat Bag, it comes in like 1 million colors too. Super cheap, but really good quality. It has tones of pockets too to hold your keys, wallet, and phone.

#savetheturtles! I try to be as sustainable as possible which is why I bought these Stainless Steel Reusable Straws! I have half of them at my house and the other half in my desk. I try to use them everything I get an Ice coffee or a fountain soda. Best of all, they are dishwasher safe! #lazypeopleunite

We all know I love my macrame hangers I mentioned in my That Plant Parent Life post, these Plant Pots are so cute and match my decor perfectly!

THAT is a roundup of my favorite amazon finds from 2019. I have already ordered several things from amazon this year including my Robot Vacuum that I am loving and it has been less than 24 hours. I want to make this a quarterly post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. and as always thanks for reading!!

XOXO

Tay

The Pictures that Hate Us

I felt so good in this outfit yesterday, so good that I had my friend Nicole take a picture of me after I took her to try my FAVORITE ice cream that neither of us should be eating because we are dairy and lactose intolerant.

After she grabbed these shots I took my phone and was horrified with how I looked. My face was uneven, it looked super puffy, my hair was not as cute as it came out right after I did it that morning, and I looked so overweight. I put my phone away horrified and Nicole and I walked back to the car and talked about things we didn’t like about ourselves.

I wasn’t going to post these photos, and quite honestly it put me in a funk the rest of the day. I went home after eating two scoops of J.P. Licks and ate a sleeve of Thin Mints.

This feeling sucked because I had an AMAZING day yesterday. I had some family and friends over for  a little get together with snacks and mimosas. We laughed all day and I got to catch up with friends I haven’t seen in the longest time.  I was so mad I was in this funk so I put on a funny movie to distract me.

Fast forward to me writing this post now on Sunday at 6:34pm. I just got back from the gym and was sitting in the shower because of how achy my knees are right now from whatever underlying health issue my doctors can’t seem to figure out, aside from my arthritis. I started thinking about not only this pain, but how I felt last night. How did I get to this point? Then I recapped the last three months to my self:

I completed my final semester of grad school allowing me to graduate in under a year and a half with honors all while still working full time. I had my second full quarter but BEST quarter at my new-ish job, bringing me to bonus and exceeding my ROI by 300%. Finally, I have had continuous doctors appointments including one surgical procedure attempting to figure out why I constantly feel like shit all the time, have achy joints, and unexplained elevated inflammation levels.  To throw a final positive in here, I also hit 9 months cancer free. #takethatcervix

All of this is a lot for anyone to take on – even just individually neverminded combined together. I was eating a little more when I was stressed but also was on a tight budget paying off the end of grad-school and it was much easier to eat protein pasta, white rice, potatoes, and french-fries to fill me up than healthy alternatives – hence why I am 20 lbs heaver than my goal weight instead of the usual 10. I entered into my late 20’s and my face decided to tell my previous skin care regiment to fuck off. And I just feel  like shit most of the time, and my doctors are trying  to figure out what is going on.

The point: I’m not trying to make excuses, just giving context. I let two pictures ruin an amazing day that I had, and for what? The last three months have been a lot for me and I’m finally at a place where I can focus on getting myself to a point where I want to be, both physically and mentally. But WE as humans can’t be so hard on ourselves. I can’t get that down on myself when I know why and how I got to the place I am. It happened, but now I am working on changing it because I want to do so for myself. This is life.

J says to me all the time when I ask him if I should lose weight “If that’s how you feel then do it.” I hate that response because sometimes I want him to tell me I’m perfect AND I usually use this opportunity to pick a fight. Let me translate this real quick – what he means is “why are you asking me, if you want to lose weight then lose weight. It’s not my body, I’m not going to make that decision.” (this is how he’s rephrased it to me those times I have picked a fight.)

So here I am, posting these photos that I wasn’t going to post. Why? Because it makes me vulnerable but realistic. I didn’t add a filter, I didn’t air brush or sculpt parts of my body I don’t like. I just posted a picture of me, a picture of me rebounding from the last few months that have been hectic to say the least. A part of my life I am moving forward from as well all do, all the time.

If you put on 10 pounds and you now want to lose 20, do it. If you like that extra 10 lbs and the curves that come with it, keep them. If you just hit 27 and your face has started to break out again like when you were 14, I feel you – I’m there.

Don’t be hard on yourself to a point where you let it ruin your day, or even 5 minutes. Identify it, Process it, Learn from it. Create a plan for whatever it is you want to change and how you’re going to do it, but stick with it – don’t quit on yourself, it’s the biggest disservice you can do in your life to first yourself and second the people who love you.

Hats off to all of us going through these fun times that life throws us. I am going to finish the second sleeve of Thin Mints I opened because… why not?

XOXO

Tay