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What To Buy On Amazon Right Now

December 28, 2021


Erin Schrader

If there’s one thing we’re taking with us into the new year, it’s Amazon. Whether we’re getting our monthly Elderberry gummies subscription, getting our faux tan on for the winter, or trying on our latest sweater find, we’re frequent Amazon shoppers and don’t see that changing anytime soon! Take a peek at what we found this month below, and see the rest of our Amazon roundups here!

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Erin’s Amazon Finds

Amazon Tunic

Turtleneck Oversized Tunic Sweater [true to size, wearing in small in wine red] // Faux Leather Leggings [size up if in between, wearing in small] // Sorel Boots [size up .5] 

The newest Amazon tunic to take over my closet 😍 Give me anything I can wear with my leggings and I am a happy camper. I love this wine red color [although there are lots of other great options available too] and that it’s a thicker sweater material for these cooler winter days!

Portable Car Vacuum

Cordless Portable Hand Vacuum

 I’ve been influenced — a few weeks ago I spotted another influencer showing off this car vacuum and talking about how much she loves it. I instantly hit checkout and am now raving about it myself. I love the chic design [I think I might gift this black one to my husband and make the blush or white option mine ;)] It fits in a cup holder, has 3 power settings, charges via USB, and sweeps up all of the dust and dirt in your car! Cheers to a cleaner 2022 😉

Time Management Cube

Time Management Cube

It’s amazing what this $15 cube has done for my productivity and sanity the past several days. I bought this time management cube recently [I love that you just turn it on and then whatever minute period you have facing upwards is how long it counts down for] and have used it for time batching work tasks, when cooking in the kitchen, using it to organize or clean up the house [yesterday I set it to 15 minutes and then cleaned out a few kitchen cabinets and it was amazing how much I got done in such a short time!] Anyhow, I love this thing and have been keeping it on my kitchen counter to have it readily available for whenever I need!

Soberdough Bread Mix

Soberdough Bread Mix 

If making delicious bread is on your list of resolutions for 2022, I’ve got you. Lauren on the team gifted one of these Soberdough bread mixes to all of us on the team [I was the lucky receiver of the cheesy garlic!] and after making it, you better believe I’m going back for more. It’s so easy to make [just add your favorite beer or carbonated water] and it comes out so [sorry, I’m going to say it] moist. There are several variations available, next on my list to try is the Green Chile Cheddar followed by Cinnamon Swirl, YUM.

Steph’s Amazon Finds

New Balance Sneakers

New Balance Sneakers [TTS]

I have a real soft spot in my heart for New Balance thanks to their all day comfort, durability and cute styles. This newest pair to join my closet did not disappoint! They are easy to slip on and off (I leave them tied all the time), go with practically everything I wear and have a subtle hint of animal print.

Peel and Stick Backsplash

Peel and Stick Backsplash [Rustic Grey, 100 pack]

Well, well, well… if it isn’t another poorly timed home project I sought out. WHY NOT bust out a saw and rubber mallet 4 days before Christmas to give your coffee area a little lift? In reality, all aspects of this project – removing the shelf, applying the backsplash, drilling a hole in the back for cords, cleaning out the cabinet below, organizing all of the coffee supplies and setting up took around 5 hours total which isn’t too bad considering the transformation it’s made in my room. You see, not only was this hutch in our dining area, I had a coffee cart on the adjacent wall taking up additional space. This hutch was purchased by my grandparents when my mom still lived at home. My parents had it for a while, and when they were ready to get rid of it I took it. It really served no purpose other than holding some seasonal decor and nostalgia, so I decided it was time to simplify my space. I removed the glass doors and had the hutch whitewashed to modernize it a few years ago, but the addition of the coffee bar has solidified it staying in our home for years.

Drawer Organizer

Drawer Organizer [Peacock/Sky Blue/Navy Stripes]

I couldn’t take the chaos inside my bathroom doors anymore – enter this set. A couple of years ago I purchased the same set to take on the pens/post-it’s/candler lighter/playing cards/misc cords –AKA junk drawer, in our kitchen and really liked the way they organized our space so thought I’d give them another try. I had enough containers to remove a bulkier organization box and replace with these trays in my second drawer as well. Here’s to a newly organized space greeting me each morning and night to start the new year. 

Hannah’s Amazon Finds

La Chatelaine Hand Cream Gift Set

La Chatelaine Hand Cream Tin Gift Set

It’s that time of year where my hands are so incredibly dry, crack and painful! I’ve tried so many different products and they either don’t work, feel sticky, too oily or smell awful. I decided to give this set a try and I’ve gotta say, I haven’t been disappointed. Not too oily, makes my hands incredibly soft and I like that there are multiple scents and options. Now I keep one in my nightstand, purse and work bag! 

Immersion Blender

Immersion Blender  

You know you’re an adult when things like an immersion blender make you happy [lol]! But seriously, I’ve been wanting one of these for a couple years now and finally found one for under $18 and has rave reviews [over 4,000 to be exact]! Since it arrived we’ve been blending soups in the pot and that’s been WAY more helpful than transferring the soup to a blender and then back into the pot lol If you’ve also been in the market for one of these, give this one a try!!

Cuticle Oil

Cuticle Oil

Nothing like going to the nail salon for them to tell you that your cuticles need some care [lol]! They weren’t wrong… I pick at them constantly and it’s such a bad habit! I was told to try this cuticle oil and while I haven’t seen a huge difference yet, they are much softer! Now I just need to stop picking at them… 

Verilux Happy Light

Verilux Happy Light

I’m saying goodbye to the Winter Blues, or at least I’m hoping to, with this little guy! I’ve heard so many people talk about the Happy Light and all the benefits and decided to give it a try! This device offers light therapy that helps sleep, mood, focus and your energy! It has 3 brightness levels and a timer! While I haven’t used it long enough to give a full review [not a ton of gloomy days around here] I’m excited to see its effects in the coming months! Just turn it on to the setting you prefer and sit with it facing you [I’ve been doing it at the table while I work]! 

Claire’s Amazon Finds

Magnetic Refrigerator Calendar

Magnetic Refrigerator Calendar // Peach Version 

Happy New Year, friends! This is my second year in a row purchasing this magnetic refrigerator calendar. I loved it so much last year and it got a ton of use, so I ordered it again this year! I love that it comes with several attached notepads for honey-do lists, grocery lists, or quick notes. It also comes with the cutest little pencil [and pencil holder!] so you never have to search through your junk drawer to find a pen that works. 

Yoga Mat and Pre Workout

Yoga Mat [Rose] // Weights // Pre-Workout 

A new year calls for an excuse to get into a new routine! If you’re workin’ on your fitness too, these are a few Amazon finds I’ve been using and loving! The pre workout comes in several fun flavors from Mimosa to Hawaiian Shaved Ice and gives an extra dose of energy before getting your workout on. Our workout space is in our garage, so a cushioned yoga mat is key for a comfortable session. And lastly, these Amazon Basic free weights are some of my favorites. They come in all the basic weights and sets, plus the neoprene makes for a comfortable lift! Here’s to a stronger 2022! 

Self Tanner

Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Self Tanner 

I’m not afraid to admit self tanner gives me an extra dose of serotonin this time of year! It’s the little things, am I right? Over the years I’ve sort of become the self-proclaimed LIY Team spray tan expert. I’ve tried SO. MANY. BRANDS. For my face, I love to add a few drops of this to my moisturizer – but I don’t really have an all-time favorite for my body yet. I kept hearing about Coco & Eve and decided to give it a try! I love that it’s vegans, cruelty free, 100% natural, and develops in just 2 hours! For reference, I’m light complected with freckles and strawberry blonde hair, and used the Medium shade. 

Packable Puffer Vest

Packable Puffer Vest [TTS, wearing medium in Off White] 

Vest season is the best season, am I right? We’ve been lucky enough to not have too much snow and cold weather here in Indiana this winter [until today, snow is falling as I type this] – so I’ve been wearing my vests on rotation. I own this puffer in the classic jacket style and love it so much, I ordered a vest version. Perfect for running errands on days that aren’t cold enough for a heavy winter coat!

Lauren’s Amazon Finds

Tunic Sweater

Amazon Tunic Sweater [true to size, wearing medium] // Leggings [tts] // Target Boots [tts]

I quickly fell in love with this Amazon sweater as soon as it arrived! Perfectly oversized, legging friendly, priced right! I wore this outfit in Chicago recently for a quick morning in the city, and it was perfect for brunching and shopping! I’m absolutely going back for another color [or two]

Blink Camera

Blink Camera

We have an in-home baby monitor that’s done the trick with two kiddos, but we wish we had a wifi option that reached a little further for both at home and while RVing [nothing like putting the kids to bed and sitting by the fire!]. This Blink Camera was easy enough to setup, alerts us to motion, has a touch to talk feature, and is compatible with our other Alexa devices! Win win! PS: I recently bought an Amazon Echo Show 8 that I’m waiting for delivery of, but it had a $5 add on option for this Blink Cam which is how I got it! 

Eyeshadow Creme to Powder Sticks

Champagne Shimmer / Bronze Shimmer

I’ve been hearing more and more about these eyeshadow sticks and how they are comparable to Tarte, and knew I had to try them! Over 19,000 reviews couldn’t be wrong right? Easy to apply, and they turn from a creme when applying to eventually a powder, and come in a TON of colors!

Shower and Tub Electric Spin Scrubber

Shower and Tub Electric Spin Scrubber

WHOA baby, did I just actually enjoy cleaning the showers and tubs? Why yes I did! This electric tub spin scrubber made cleaning the hard-to-reach places a breeze without having to get in the shower or tub itself! With three interchangeable heads for different sizes/areas, you can clean scrub your whole space clean super easily! These can also be used in other areas like sinks, tile, and more! 

Tortoise Apple Watch Band

Tortoise Apple Watch Band

I never met a tortoise anything I didn’t like. And that includes this Apple Watch band! Tortoise has become one of my favorite neutrals, and this watch band can be worn dressed up or down. Plus, it has removable links so you can adjust it to your size!

Anti Fatigue Mat

Anti Fatigue Mat

We’ve been long time users of anti-fatigue mats in our kitchen, but the color of our previous one wasn’t working with our decor! Insert this shiny new black one! For places where you spend more time standing, like the sink or oven, these are a great simple addition to the kitchen space! If rugs are more your style, you can even put a rug over the top!

Portable Humidifier

Portable Humidifier [similar here]

Perfect timing that this portable humidifier showed up on my doorstep just in time for me to get a cough and cold! I have humidifiers for my kids’ rooms but wanted one to keep on my side of the bed for those nights where I feel a little something [I’ve also heard this is great for your skin!]. This one is portable, so technically you could take it in the car, use it while working, and more! It uses a USB charger, and when not plugged in would run for about 3-4 hours before needing another charge! A total of 10 hour run time when full!

Katy’s Amazon Finds

Workout Top

Top [true to size] // Leggings [size up one] // Tennis Shoes [true to size] 

Shoutout lovers of thumb holes 🙌 This is a workout top to get excited about 😍 The moment I put this on I fell in loveeee. It’s lightweight, breathable, and slightly cropped. I will definitely be finding way to a workout mat in this number or just finding my way to a Saturday brunch in it 🤣 Wearing here in Tie Dye Smoke Ink!


Sweatshirt [size up if in between] // Leggings [size up one] // Jeans [true to size] // Sneakers [true to size]

The kind of sweatshirt you will wear multiple days in a row. Seriously, I love it and think you will too! The snaps, the tassles, the fun color…it has it all!

Pillow Cases

Fuzzy Square Pillow Cases // All bed items linked here

Pillows, pillows, pillows, pillows rockinnn everywhereeee. Anyone else’s husband make fun of them for throw pillows? Mine doesn’t understand the appeal of having pillows you just take off/on for “no reason” 😂 I explained that it’s for the vibe and to make my heart happy. I have been on the hunt for the perfect pillows to finish off my cozy, bedroom decor dream and these covers checked all the boxes! They come in a pack of two, so for a King sized bed I ordered two packs – used three here and will use one for a couch throw! These feel super soft and luxurious for a great price!

Blue Light Blocking Screen Protector

Blue Light Blocking Screen Protector [13” laptop]

Working for a blog, as you can imagine I am spending a lot of time staring at a computer screen. I wanted something to protect my eyes and blue light glasses are a great option [Erin’s blue light glasses linked here] but I wanted something that was with me and my computer at all times! This blue light blocking screen protector is anti glare, comes in a 2 pack, and is easy to apply! Only complaint is that it prevents my laptop from closing completely.

Cassidy’s Amazon Finds

Refrigerator Organizing Bins

Refrigerator Clear Organizing Bins

Hi gals, Cassidy here! Part of my new year resolutions is to GET. ORGANIZED. One specific place of chaos is my refrigerator… I love to host and to meal prep but I always felt like I needed some sort of organization to keep things prepped and ready and also to hopefully save some space in my fridge! I can tell you first hand that this year I hosted Christmas at my own home and these little bins were life savers! I was able to prep things and throw them in these bins so that they would be ready for next day cooking! I bought the 8 pack but really only needed 6 in my fridge! I put the other two to use in other places around my home!

LIY Ambassador Finds

Allison’s Leggings

Leggings [size up if in between] // Sneakers [true to size] // Similar Sweatshirt

Allison here! I am beyond impressed with these CRZ high waisted yoga leggings from Amazon! They feel just like a high end brand, but are only $26.00!!! I wore them to the gym for the first time today, and they were amazing; they didn’t slip, roll down, and they held up perfectly during my cycling class. They come in 13 different prints and colors, and are long enough for my 6 foot frame. I will definitely be buying more of these!   👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Skye’s Sweater

Sweater [true to size, wearing in Large] // Jeans // Sandals 

How to do “winter” in Texas 😆 Hey LIY Fam! Skye here! Winter in Texas is a strange thing, consisting of cold mornings and warm afternoons, hence the long sleeve top paired with flip flops! When I saw this top on Katy, I had to try it out and it is such a good find! Perfect with jeans or leggings and would look super cute with a vest too!

Skye’s Top

Top [true to size]

This top would be so cute for your book club or party this time of year, right? It comes in a bunch of colors and is true to size – I am wearing in a Large!

Skye’s Puzzle Dog Feeder

Puzzle Feeder // Snuffle Mat

This puzzle feeder has been so good for our aussie, Honey! It took her a bit to figure it out, but now when I leave her at home while I’m at work I load it up with treats (she especially loves bits of apple with peanut butter on it!) and when I get home she has dug them all out! We also got her a snuffle mat that Santa put in her stocking!

Ashley’s Boots

Boots [true to size]

Hey, hey!  Ashley, here 🤗 Boot season is among us and I’m all for it. I came across this lady-like combat style and had to check them out….I mean, it’s like they say I’m tough but I still love flowers and good morning texts 😆 The color is pretty sweet, too!  What do you think?  They are comfy and fit true to size.  A nice addition to my closet while I countdown the days to sandals and sundresses! 

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