15 useful Amazon gifts that should be on your wishlist

The most helpful thing I could bring you would be ideas of the best presents I’ve found to gift someone from Amazon. Because you know it’ll come on time! Well if you have prime anyway- and if you don’t what are you doing with your life?! It’s worth it I promise! The items on this list are useful home and personal related things that I wouldn’t want to do without now after getting them this past year or so. Maybe these aren’t the most exciting top items from Amazon but they are ones that are at the top of my list for most helpful buys that I purchase again and again (or use all of the time). 

Powerdrill Scrubbing Attachments

I gifted these to my best friend and I’m sure that she took two days to write me back about them because she was scrubbing her floors, rub and grout putting it to the test before she thanked me for it. It’s a true testament and when they are so popular I’ve seen them on many Amazon bestsellers videos. 

Ember coffee mug

I did it. I dove into the most expensive mug you’ll ever buy. However, it’s so convenient! I sip my coffee most of the time or u know those moms who pour it, set it down, and only to find it at 3 pm by the back door or something weird. This keeps it hot and drinkable for many hours on end. Tea, coffee, you name it- it goes in there to be cozy all day. 

Rice Cooker

This was a last-second replacement. The rice cooker I had for two or three years finally DIED on me. Didn’t heat up before the done button popped. Having soggy, cold rice- not ideal and not edible. So I wanted a big daddy of rice cookers without it being a serves 20 size. I believe this is a standard 6 cups which is enough for two people up to I’m sure 4-6 depending on serving size. 

Affresh washing machine and dishwasher tabs (both on the listing) These are so dang handy! We had an old washer/dryer that STUNK from previous owners, while I couldn’t get the disgusting stink out of that set, they never cleaned it and the funk was just not going away. It works to keep my machines now running smoothly- I got the dishwasher tabs too that help the bottom of the dishwasher stay clean. 

Clear Rear Bidet 

Yes, I got this right after seeing this on a YouTubers video for the top items that she recommended. Listen here it works, it’s wonderful, try it for yourself- this is the most cost-effective and easiest one to install. 

The Pink Stuff 

This scrub I discovered after a cleaning Instagram account also told me about it. It cleans everything sticky gunky, funky, that is on any hard surface. Try it and keep it handy you’ll use it a lot! 


The best clean carpet, miracle stain spray that I’ve ever used! You will be dumbfounded as to what it will get out and how it disappears before your eyes- I haven’t been disappointed yet. 

Heavy Duty Double Sided Tape 

I bought this to hang a sign on my house on the siding where I couldn’t put a nail- it has stayed perfect for the last 4 months. 

Cloud Puffy Jacket

A new find! This cloud puffy jacket is going to be a cold-weather staple this year when the ‘real winter’ comes in January! Big enough to layer and small enough that it doesn’t swallow me and fits just right. It had a high neck but no hood. 

Fruit & Vegetable Storage 

A lifesaver is when you immediately chop up all your products to save for a longer time period. It stays freshly sealed in this container with a divider in the middle that’s removable. Comes in a few sizes. 

Silicone body scrubber 

A great alternative to a loofah which just creates more and more bacteria and honestly falls apart way too fast. These are indestructible and feel so great on the skin. Lasts longer and stays basically bacteria-free! 

Mug Cozy Wrap

One of my favorite #mood Items. Just a vibe. Helps me hold a hot cup of anything. Great for pictures and to sit with a book. 

Benebone for dogs 

My dogs love these! They keep them busy and last for weeks or months. These help big chewers and puppies with teething. 

Adjustable weight set 

Such a deal. An excellent idea for people low in space or who don’t want to trip over a whole rack of weights. Adjustable and convenient! 

Jersey sheet set

My FAVORITE SHEETS! Honestly, so good. So soft, not hot, and great in any season. This set comes in all sizes and matches any color or pattern comforter. I just bought another set in red for the holidays. 

 These are a few of my favorite things that I’ve found in the Amazon world. It might be items you’ve seen or found before, but these are things I use almost daily. I really enjoy these products and I love to share what I use every day with people I love and care about. 

What are your best amazon finds for the gift-giving season? Or any time of year! I know there are a LOT of great genius amazon finds from TikTok too. Give them to me!

Christmas Movies for 2021

Welcome to the Blogmas Day 1! It’s your choice on what topic you are writing on but I chose to get into the holiday spirit the first day of December by talking about Movies. I watch movies the most during the holidays to get me in the yuletide mood. Whether it’s romance, drama, comedy, or those cheesy Hallmark holiday films I like to see new ones I haven’t seen a million times (although the classics are GREAT too). Even a couple of these I put on while I wrote this post and really enjoyed them. 


Snow: 4/5  stars

Snow 2: Brain Freeze 4/5 stars

A Christmas Switch

Married by Christmas

The Christmas Calendar 4/5 stars



Christmas Inheritance

The Princess Switch 2&3

Holiday Rush

The Christmas Chronicles


Finding Father Christmas

Marrying Father Christmas

Falling for Christmas

Switched for Christmas 5/5 stars

A Shoe Addicts Christmas 5/5 stars

Christmas Under Wraps

It’s Christmas, Eve

Christmas in Evergreen

A very nutty Christmas

Christmas in the Pines


Christmas Unwrapped 5/5 stars

Christmas in Mississippi 

The Santa Stakeout

A Very Vintage Christmas

The Christmas Inn

Boyfriends of Christmas Past

You, Me and the Christmas Trees

Christmas in Harmony

A Storybook Christmas

Christmas 9-5

Holiday Fix-up: December 11th with Jana Kramer


Super-Cute Yule Log

Heaven Sent

Outrageous Holiday Houses

House Hunters Ho Ho Home

Candy Coated Christmas



Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas

Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic

The Disney Holiday Singalong

Epic Holiday Showdown

Once Upon a Snowman

Olaf Presents 5/5 stars

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

Home Alone 2&3

Ernest Saves Christmas

Home Sweet Home Alone

Twas The Night

Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Twelve Dates of Christmas 5/5 stars

Snowglobe 5/5 stars

There are at least five ideas on most streaming services of newly added and never before seen (to me) holiday movies. I shared a rating of the few I have been watching and the ones I recommend. I enjoy the fantastical aspect of being in a romantic town and watching the dilemma unfold and then by the end everything is fixed and happy again. For me, Ashley Williams and Candance Cameron Bure are two of my favorite holiday actresses from Hallmark and Lifetime films. I added quite a few of their movies that I have not seen so I’m excited to see the climax and what happens next! 

What are your holiday favorite movies? Are they classics that you watch again and again or new films that were just released/ones you have not seen before? Drop me some movie titles down below that I must see and I’ll be sure to watch them. 

I am thankful for…

Thanksgiving is a very reflective time of year when one can be thankful and grateful for what we have and have gone through throughout the year. I thought this would be a great post to write around this time of year and get to think back about all the things that are easy to take for granted. What are ways in which you remember to be thankful and realize your privilege? Here is my list and I encourage you to do the same and perhaps drop some of yours in the comments below:

I am thankful for…having a loving, caring, respectful and loyal husband, who only wants the best for me. You saved me and I love you more than anything.

I am thankful for… a healthy marriage where we communicate the best we know how and while we have different opinions, we try again and again to always be improving.

I am thankful for… my in-laws showing me what family is and how people are supposed to respect and love one another. While also not taking life too seriously and being serious when it counts.

I am thankful for… the beautiful house we own and love. I enjoy creating a cozy, welcoming, and safe space for all who enter my home.

I am thankful for… my dogs who brighten my days, test my patience and comfort me when I need it. 

I am thankful for… being financially stable and blessed. I cannot say how much I appreciate this and do not take it for granted. 

I am thankful for… all of my wonderful, supportive, and compassionate friends who have been my family for years. And continue to be the best people I know- I hope they all know I love them! 

I am thankful for… having access to food, water, shelter, electricity- things in the developed world. I know not everyone is this lucky to grow up with all of these things and I realize the struggle for some. 

I am thankful for… the opportunity of going (and paying for) college. While I didn’t finish and that wasn’t for me- I still know what a huge deal it is. I did learn a lot from classes and my environment while getting so many experiences I wouldn’t have had otherwise. 

I am thankful for… feeling safe in my neighborhood and community. 

I am thankful for… changing seasons and normalized weather. I wouldn’t want to live in certain places where the sun never comes out or the heat never goes away. I don’t do well in extremes. 

I am thankful for… transportation, that we have a car. We love our Subaru Ascent and we hope to eventually go on more trips and get more stuff done. 

I am thankful for…music. And such variety and thousands of talented artists discovered and not yet discovered. 

I am thankful for… good teachers and staff who cared and really helped me grow up and know who to trust and rely on. 

I am thankful for… convenience. Delivery age now especially because of COVID is just really nice. 

I am thankful for… streaming services like Netflix, HULU, and tons of others- it’s fun to have a bunch of tv and entertainment to choose from and learn about different things. 

I am thankful for… things of comfort like fuzzy socks, a hot cup of tea, and a good book. 

I am thankful for… the enjoyment and relaxation of long hot showers. 

I am thankful for… good hair days and feeling beautiful. 

I am thankful for… wholesome and sweet, welcoming neighbors. People I want to get to know and have community with. 

I am thankful for…choices, in general. I know I’m some countries around the world- that is not a thing for people, families, and especially women. 

I am thankful for… muddy rainstorm puddles to jump in. Because when I’m angry or sad- my husband makes me so that my mood improves. 

I am thankful for… hitting all the green lights- making the trip so much more pleasant. 

I am thankful for… to-do lists. Getting all my tasks out of my head and accomplishing whatever I can at that moment. 

I am thankful for…naps, mid-day naps, going to bed early, sleeping when I want to. 

I am thankful for…bursts of inspiration. Brainstorming with friends. 

I am thankful for… late-night conversations. 

I am thankful for…looking at old pictures, having photos of family and memories at all. 

I am thankful for…happy memories of lost loved ones. I miss them. 

I am thankful for…the internet which allows me to do so much and meet so many great people. 

I wanted to come up with 30 things total for each day in November to show how I have so many very, great things to be grateful for even the small things. Despite what we may not have or how our lives are different and may result in resentment- I have more things to be celebrating than not. Keep that at the forefront of your mind this year- also, you make family it does not have to mean blood, relatives, and obligation. It is who you choose to be in your circle and who lights up your life in the most positive of ways. I hope you have who you want at your table this year and that you eat lots of great food and make happy memories!

Happy Thanksgiving and onto December~

It’s Back: Announcing Blogmas 2021!

I had so much fun a few years ago when we did this and I’m thrilled to be doing it again but sharing with a whole new bunch of people! This challenge or linkup or group- whatever you want to call it, gives me so much inspiration to blog every day of Blogmas and share my holidays with you. I can’t wait…

Blogmas 2021 is a holiday blogging challenge hosted by Nora Spaulding and Hodge Podge Moments. This challenge is set up around 12 prompts that you can use to guide your content planning in December. These prompts are great for blogging, social media, newsletters, or any other digital presence you might have.

This challenge is completely free and we have set up a pop-up Facebook group for communicating and sharing during the challenge. December can be a busy month and we’re hoping to make the content planning a little easier for you.

We have kept all prompts generic and open-ended to allow for a wide variety of content. Along with each topic, we’ll also be providing some ideas to get your creative juices flowing. You should have plenty of content for December through this challenge!

We hosted this challenge a few years ago and it was a huge success! We hope you can join us this year as we revive the challenge and make it even better. Not a blogger? Use the prompts and join us on social media for some added fun and connection!

Does this sound like something you want to check out? Just click here to go to the Facebook group where all of the fun is starting!


  • Music
  • Movies
  • Lists
  • Food & Drink
  • Memories
  • Activities
  • Decorations
  • Crafts
  • Stories
  • Traditions
  • Scenery
  • Favorites

We will have prompts available in our group but feel free to write without them too.

Come along and share some holiday fun with us and get to know others using social media – Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. (Feel free to join along on other platforms using #Blogmas 2021 )


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