Author: Allie Zottola

The Best Things I Bought on Amazon in 2018

Is anyone else addicted to Amazon Prime? The free two day shipping gets me every time!

I thought it would be fun to look through my Amazon orders for 2018 and share the best items I bought. Embarrassingly, I purchased (and enjoyed!) enough stuff that I’m organizing it all into categories 🙂

For The Home

Best Amazon products for the home

Magnetic Key Rack –> It’s a set of magnets that attach to the place where a screw goes in a light switch plate. It’s super convenient because we always turn out our lights and grab our keys from the rack before we leave the house!

Outlet Shelf –> This little shelf replaces an outlet plate and holds up to ten pounds! We use it to hold our Echo Dot so it’s not taking up space on the side table in our living room.

High Arc Pull Out Faucet –> I love the look of our new black faucet (it comes in three other finishes, too) and it has worked well since we installed it in June.

Automatic Milk Frother –> This might be my favorite purchase of 2018, LOL. This milk frother is just amazing! I use it multiple times a day and it’s easy to clean.

Mop and Broom Holder –> This is mounted inside our closet and holds all of our brooms, vacuum attachments, and mop. It saves a lot of space, which is key for us!

Detail Brush –> Someday I’ll stop talking about how much I love this little tool, but today is not that day. I have one in our bathroom and one in the kitchen and use them to get in the hard-to-reach places in the sinks, toilet, and shower.

3-Piece Oversized Bedspread –> I bought this king-sized comforted for our master bedroom overhaul and we still love it! It was less than $50 and it’s machine washable. Win-win!

Food and Drink

Best food and drinks to order on Amazon

Jay Robb Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder –> Gestational diabetes had this carb-loving gal looking for extra sources of protein that were safe during pregnancy. My search led me to this protein powder. I liked the chocolate and strawberry flavors the best.

Hydro Flask Water Bottle –> It seems as though my quest for the perfect water bottle may have come to an end! I’ve been using this for a few weeks and have no complaints.

Torani Syrup –> Great in iced coffee! I bought the vanilla and caramel flavors over the summer.

Peanut Butter & Co. Top Sellers Variety Pack –> Oh how I love peanut butter! Jimmy got the white chocolate flavored jar and I hoarded the rest for myself 🙂

Pink Stork Morning Sickness Tea –> This was a first trimester staple for me! It helped with my queasiness and had a great peachy flavor.


Best baby products on Amazon

Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer –> I really like the mandarin scent and the fact that it doesn’t feel sticky or weird on my hands after I use it, if that makes sense. We keep a bottle right next to Sadie’s changing table and use it constantly.

Mama Bear Diapers –> We tried out the Mama Bear diapers when Sadie fit the newborn size and thought they were great! The price was also great, lol. I’ll probably order another pack soon to see how we like them in size 1.

Medela Quick-Clean Micro Steam Bags –> These quick-clean steam bags come in handy any time I have to pump because they sanitize pump parts in the microwave in three minutes. So convenient!

SwaddleMe Pod –> This little pod makes swaddling so easy! Jimmy and I love how Sadie looks like a little burrito all bundled up before bed.

Burt’s Bees Burp Cloths –> These are soft, thick, and absorbent. Those qualities check all my boxes for a good burp cloth, plus they come in adorable patterns.

Do you shop on Amazon? What’s the best item you purchased in 2018?


Fifth Iron Infusion + A Girls’ Day

Hi! Just popping in here to share a little health update and a vlog.

I had a hematologist appointment right before Thanksgiving to check my hemoglobin levels post-pregnancy. The doctor prescribed four more iron infusions because I’m nursing Sadie and he doesn’t want either of us to become anemic as she continues to deplete my iron stores.

So, I had my fifth iron infusion on Tuesday.

IV iron infusion

I had a lot of fears about iron infusions during pregnancy, and I thought those fears would stop once Sadie arrived, but they kind of transferred over to worrying about her not wanting to nurse, the safety of iron infusions while nursing, and any possible side effects for Sadie.

In the days leading up to the infusion I kind of gave myself a pep talk about how the hematologist wouldn’t recommend the infusions if they weren’t necessary–he went to medical school for years and I needed to trust his judgement. I also told myself that I was doing this for Sadie and I to be healthy. It would break my heart if she became anemic. I know how that feels and it’s not fun, lol.

I reminded myself how blessed I am to receive great medical care and how I never want to take that for granted. Lastly, God protected Sadie and I during the four infusions we had during pregnancy, why wouldn’t He now?

IV Iron infusion for iron deficiency anemia

I just wanted to keep it real here on the blog. I don’t love iron infusions and I seem to have new fears with each one, but God is teaching me to trust Him and be thankful. There isn’t a situation that He isn’t in control of, and everything has a purpose. When I look at things that way it makes it a bit easier.

I’m happy to report that everything went well at the infusion! The port insertion was almost painless, the infusion went by in a flash, and Sadie didn’t have any side effects! She also had fun smiling at the nurses, which was adorable since they “knew” her when she was in my belly. It’s way more fun with her on the outside 🙂

I had my usual side effect from the infusion, which is exhaustion for a few days after. It’s Saturday as I type up this post and I’m feeling a lot better, thankfully! Three more infusions to go, and then we’ll check my hemaglobin again in a few months and go from there.

I’m so thankful my mom was able to come out and spend the day with us to help me with Sadie at the hospital. I don’t know how I would have done it without her! We decided to make it a girls’ day and even filmed a vlog.