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My August Amazon Purchases

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I’m in a few different Facebook groups and love when someone posts “What was the last thing you bought on Amazon?” or “I have a $xxx Amazon gift card; what should I buy?” I love seeing what other people are discovering on Amazon so I thought it would be fun today to share with you my August Amazon purchases. 

Amazon Smart Plug 

The machines are always listening and I’m okay with that. While I love the glow of my Himalayan salt lamp at all times, it interferes with Matt’s TV watching so we’ll get all situated only for him to say, “UGH! The lamp is onnnnnn…” as he stomps across the room to turn it off. Matt if you’re reading this – love you and your stomp. I’ve been saying we should just get those plugs where you tell Alexa to turn off the lamp and then low and below, Amazon hit with a special offer to get this bad boy, normally $24.99, for only $1. I mean did I really even have a choice? 

She’s now joined the family of the Dot in my office, the Echo Show in the kitchen, and the Flex with nightlight in the bathroom. It’s an Alexa invasion around here and I love the convenience (except when the one in the kitchen eavesdrops while I’m in the office and then all these Alexas are playing different music at once).  

Ring Light 

I’ve had this ring light on my Amazon Wish List for over a year but somehow I never was able to convince my dad this would be the perfect gift lol. It used to be over $159.99 but is now showing a normal price of $90.99. I once again fell for right into Amazon’s hands after they sent me a notification that this ring light had been selected for a Daily Lightening Deal and was only $56.50. I mean again.. I didn’t really even have a choice, right? This is not your little tabletop or cheap ring light. It comes with a carrying case, phone camera remote, DSLR or phone mount, and two different filters (white or orange). It also has a dimmer so you can completely control the level of lighting and an adjustable tripod stand. It’s a great quality product and I can’t wait to use her more.

Bio Bidet 

Okay, this is the last purchase on the list that I honestly had no idea I needed until Amazon crept in and asked, “Are you sure?” This bad boy caught my attention as a Treasure Truck (which is now just normal Prime delivery) notification. For $25, I picked up what Amazon was putting down. The bidet took me maybe seven minutes to install and was super easy. It came with really detailed instructions and all the pieces you need (which btw is like four). 

It has an adjustable knob and a dual nozzle system that offers a universal posterior wash “with a robust spray” (and they’re not kidding, more on that later) or an alternate feminine wash function that provides a softer more forward cleanse. 

After installation, I took it for a test drive and definitely turned the knob too far. It completely shocked me and I opened my legs which sent a stream of water shooting all across my bathroom. Later that day, I went back to the scene of the crime and as soon as I sat down, my thigh grazed the knob sending another unexpected spray everywhere. I pretty much swore off the bidet at that point and accepted my place in life as a low class citizen not deserving of such fine luxuries in life. 

Well a few weeks went by and my curiosity got the better of me so I started using the bidet again. I’ll tell you this, a little goes a long way anddddd now I love it. haha I will forever consider this a 2020 quarantine purchase but I mean we’re spending so much time at home now, we might as well upgrade as many aspects as we can. Right? Some have bought new art, I bought a bidet… and now I’m writing about it on the internet. Yah, 2020 is weird like that. 

Anthony’s Organic Inulin Powder 

I’ve been reading more and more about gut health and hormones and our bodies in general recently, hence my September Whole30, so I wanted to find an inulin that wasn’t full of preservatives or artificial fillers. 

Inulin is a soluble fiber found naturally in foods like asparagus, bananas, onions, and more. Inulin has prebiotic properties that help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut so I wanted to add some supplemental inulin into my wellness routine. 

I also always like to remind readers, I’m not a doctor nor am I by any means the poster child for health so always do your own research and talk to your doctor about what may work for your body. I also don’t normally recommend buying supplements or beauty products off Amazon but in this case, Anthony’s has their own Amazon store and I ordered directly from the source so I knew I wasn’t getting a counterfeit product. You can also order directly from their website if that’s more up your alley. 

Anthony’s has a whole range of over 100 products that you can use in your kitchen from unseasoned meat tenderizer to turmeric powder to steel cut oats and rooibos loose leaf tea.

Their inulin powder is USDA certified organic and gluten free. It’s non-GMO, vegan, paleo, and keto friendly since it’s made from organic Jerusalem Artichokes. Fun fact – Jerusalem Artichokes (also known as sunchokes) are a root vegetable that’s actually not related to the artichoke at all but rather the sunflower! I also love that Anthony’s inulin has no added fillers, colors, or additives. 

It Starts With Food 

I decided on August 28th that I was going to do the Whole30 in September and kept reading online that you really need to read one of the books to have a better understanding of the program and to really find and connect with your “why”. I wrote a little bit about my Whole30 thoughts (and this book) in My Personal Goals For September

Not to be repetitive (so I’ll keep it short) but in case you didn’t check out the other post, I appreciated the science aspect and explanation but didn’t love Melissa’s writing style. There are different types of motivation & education and this book didn’t really do it for me but I read it before starting my Whole30 journey and did learn some new things along the way.

Fabric Shaver 

I caved and finally embraced the loungewear set trend (and now of course we’re starting to leave the house) and have this one set that I love but noticed it pills in certain areas. I’ve also noticed a little pilling on some of my favorite yoga pants and after looking everywhere for a fabric shaver I think I inherited from my grandma with no luck, I bought this guy for $10.97. I’ve now got the smoothest fabrics in all of San Diego. 

AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dinner Forks 

Since we’re eating so many meals at home, I finally snapped this month. For a thirty one year old, you’d think I have plenty of silverware and I do have a ton of spoons and small forks but I feel like recently I’m always running out of a good dinner fork. I’m also very particular and totally have a favorite fork. I hope to get nice adult silverware as part of my wedding registry soon cough cough so I didn’t want to invest in a brand new whole set right now but I also am sick and tired of having to use tiny baby forks for my meals.

Like I said, I feel strongly about this so I picked up this 12 pack of large dinner forks from AmazonBasics and am a new person. They have the proper amount of weight to them, nice balance ratio, they’re really just great forks all around and for $12.49, the price couldn’t be beat. I got them at the beginning of August and they’re holding up just fine. If you’re moving into a new place or in the market for a basic silverware set, AmazonBasics is your way to go. They even have different designs with and without scalloped edges, etc. so you can find your true fork love. 

If you liked this post be sure to let me know and I could definitely add it to my monthly recurring content. I also want to hear from you, share some of your most recent Amazon purchases below! 



  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate
    September 19, 2020

    Your description of the bidet made me laugh! I can only imagine getting used to it! I really need a sweater shaver – thanks for posting it!

    • Katie
      Patricia @ Grab a Plate
      September 19, 2020

      OMG, it was definitely a trip. I’m glad someone else got enjoyment out of the day haha. The sweater shaver is such a basic tool but really keeps sweaters looking brand new! I’m now a fabric shaving maniac!

  • Helen Little
    September 19, 2020

    Oh I loved seeing your Amazon picks. I could really use a ring light so I’ll go and have a look at that one. So many cool things!

    • Katie
      Helen Little
      September 19, 2020

      I’m LOVING the ring light so far! I also noticed yesterday it’s still on sale so now would be the perfect time to get one if you’ve been looking!

  • Nicole
    September 19, 2020

    Oh that fabric shaver looks amazing!

    • Katie
      September 19, 2020

      It’s such a simple thing but a real game changer to keep your nice sweaters and clothes looking brand new!

  • Heather @ US Japan Fam
    September 19, 2020

    What a fun lil’ shopping spree!! I’ve been wanting to try out a smart plug, going to give that one a go!!

    • Katie
      Heather @ US Japan Fam
      September 19, 2020

      It’s so great! I now one want one for everything! My sister has her coffee maker on one so she can tell Alexa to start making coffee, hmm yes please!

  • Kait
    September 26, 2020

    Ooh fun! I love seeing what others are buying on Amazon. I had a big August for purchases, since we picked up some furniture pieces. I love the smart plugs, total game changer.

    • Katie
      September 27, 2020

      Oh, I’ve never bought furniture off Amazon! Now I know what I’m doing this afternoon… haha

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