I’ve seen a couple of other bloggers (Veronika of Veronika’s Blushing and Stephanie at Olive & Tate) do posts about what they buy on Amazon, and I find the posts fascinating. It is kind of like the mum-version of “what’s in my purse.” So personal, so telling, so many great ideas of what I should have in my purse/be ordering from Amazon!
I have said it a million times, and I know most mums feel the same, but how on earth did mothers mother before online ordering? In any given hour I’ll order ballet shoes, toilet paper, uniforms, curtains and then some. I have the Amazon and Target apps on my phone and make a point to order whatever we need as soon as I know we are out. That way, I won’t forget. Because if I don’t, I will 100% forget. Literally, my husband and I can be brushing our teeth at night and run out of toothpaste and I will stop brushing my teeth to find my phone and order more.
I also don’t like having a ton of extra stock in our house. While our home is more than large enough for the 4 of us, it doesn’t have a ton of closet space/storage, and I find it so much easier to run on lean margins rather than having 20 extra bars of soap or something like that. This does mean that periodically we run out of things (like those 2 days we all had to use the Honest Shampoo/Bodywash).
And every time I venture to a store in person (it is a rare occurrence but it does happen), I always question why I thought it would be worth my time and energy to do so when I can just order what I need online.
The one caveat, and it is a pretty major caveat, is that I tend to overorder when I’m unsure about something – ballet shoe size, which blackout curtains are the darkest, which colour CC cream I need. This means that I do have to send a fair number of returns, but I use a Google Doc to track what returns are pending and confirm that I receive whatever money I’m owed. Sometimes I do have to do physical returns, but I am strategic about when I go and they’re generally not that bad.
- Olive & Avocado Hair Masque: Super moisturizing masque that really delivers, even on very dry hair like mine. Bonus, it is SO reasonable, so you’ll never feel guilty using a ton.
- Ajona Toothpaste: It is no secret that I love all things European, and my toothpaste is no exception. I wrote about this toothpaste here. I love that Amazon carries many of my foreign beauty faves.
- Honest Hand Soap and Sanitizer: The Lemongrass scent is our absolute favourite, and with a 2 year old and 3 year old we go through this stuff by the gallon.
- Joico Color Balance Shampoo & Conditioner: I constantly battle brassiness in my hair, and this combo is particularly effective for banishing that dreaded orange hue.
- Silk Pillowcase: A simple change that has big results is sleeping on a silk pillowcase. I notice in particular that my hair is smoother and I have fewer fly-aways. Honestly, I have not noticed a change in my skin though.
- Six: The HG of masks. Bonus points for the huge container it comes in!
- Invisibobble: I bought these after seeing Bridget rave about how they never creased her hair. I have found that to absolutely be true, and they hold your hair in place SO WELL (maybe too well? It if put them in too tight I get a headache.)
- Essie Gel Couture: Since I don’t have time to get my nails done, I use Essie Gel Couture which I love. I can justify purchasing a ton of colour since I’m saving money by painting them myself (right?!? Please tell me I’m not alone in this?).
- Cotton Rounds: We can never have enough of these for nail polish (on adult and children) and make up removal. We either have none of these in the house or about 10 packs.
- Kid’s Leave In Conditioner: Each morning until we got this conditioner started off with tears when the girls would get their hair brushed. This has been worth its weight in gold just for the peace and calm it brings our mornings.
- Charcoal Toothpaste: I am still testing this product out, but so far, I like it. I detest how many chemicals are in our every day lives, but I also want white teeth – I’m thinking this may be my solution!