15 New Amazing Amazon Purchases for Summer & Travel

Summer is here, and it’s been a minute since I’ve shared a round-up of my latest amazing Amazon purchases. Between our trip to Mexico, our floor remodel and our latest trip to Illinois, life has been pretty busy. And, there’s just nothing like good ole Amazon Prime saving the day (and your time!). So, here are the things I’ve bought on Amazon since my last round-up in February. All of the items below are pieces I have used/worn and given my stamp of approval. I’m excited to share them all with you because they’re perfect for summer and any upcoming travel plans!

My Latest Amazon Purchases

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Now, let’s chat about a few Amazon purchases in particular.

First, I was itching to get a new designer dupe bag from Amazon, ever since I fell in love with this grey Chloe dupe a few months ago. So after doing some more research, I found a new beige crossbody on Amazon that’s quite an impressive dupe of the Chloe Nile Small Bracelet Crossbody Bag. The quality and look of the dupe is great and I’ve received several compliments in past few weeks I’ve had it. Plus, the dupe is $43, while the designer version is $1690. It was also perfect for my trip last week in combination with a large tote.

The $15 camo dress I wore to the airport for our flight to Illinois has been an amazing find! I have tried all kinds of t-shirt dresses and this one is SO good. I seriously couldn’t think of a better thing to travel in during the summer. It is soft and the fit is perfect, not too tight and not too baggy. I wore it with converse and kept my cozy fleece in my tote in case the flight got cold.

Both bathing suits fit true to size, are a little cheeky and come in a handful of other prints/colors. I found the cut of these swimsuit bottoms were much more flattering than the high-waisted bathing suit bottoms that cut straight across the leg. The top for the gingham one is also adjustable. I wore both of them with the striped pom-pom cover-up and I was good to go for our beach days in Mexico!

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Coola face sunscreen is a new holy-grail product for me. I’ve been hooked on it since I got it in my FabFitFun box last year. So, I got more before our trip to Mexico, and also bought a larger bottle for my body. I have never loved a sunscreen so much. It’s organic, doesn’t leave a film or feel sticky and applies just like a good quality moisturizing lotion does. So, if you are looking for good quality sunscreen this summer, I definitely recommend trying it out.

The vitamin C oil I found on Amazon has been great so far. I have only been using it for a couple weeks and will do a review once I’ve used it consistently for a couple more weeks.

The artificial flowers I found on Amazon were a surprising win for only $21. I was looking for something white and pretty to freshen up our dining room, and these look so good on our sideboard. There is just something I love about white flowers in the summertime that I love!

Lastly, I have been obsessed with burning the balance & harmony candle by Chesapeake Bay at my home office during the day. The scent is “water lily pear,” and it has a fresh floral scent that’s really nice but not overwhelming. The candle itself looks pretty on my desk too. It’s the little things like this that can just take a little stress out of the day!

I would love to hear about your recent Amazon purchases. Did you have any good finds or any duds? Have you bought any of the same items as me? Let me know and share your favorite thing to buy off Amazon so we can chat in the comments.

Cheers!

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Getting Comfortable Saying No: Three Ways I’ve Benefitted

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Do you ever feel like you have 48 hours worth of to-dos in your 24 hour days? It seems to be a feeling that is becoming more and more common. Maybe it is a result of more people juggling multiple jobs and side hustles, maybe it is an increasing cultural (and unrealistic) expectation that we should do and be all the things to everyone! Whatever the reason, today I want to talk about the benefits of saying “no” and share how getting comfortable saying “no” has helped me better balance my job, blogging, relationships and life in general.

“It’s only by saying “no” that you can concentrate on the things that are really important.” – Steve Jobs

What Saying No Looks Like

Saying “yes” is a hard habit to break, and when I first realized I had a problem, I was not sure how to say “no” without being perceived as rude. I was worried that I would no longer think of me as a “nice” person. So, if you are a people-pleaser like me and you’re unsure how to communicate no, here are a few suggestions that worked for me:

“I appreciate you thinking of me for that opportunity but I have a conflict.”

“That sounds fun, but I won’t be able to make it.”

“Sorry, I can’t.”

Of course, our actions can communicate a “yes” or “no” as well. More often than not, I communicate with my actions. I have also learned that saying no to something right now doesn’t have to mean saying no forever. “Not right now,” or texting someone “Can I circle back with you tomorrow?” can be more gentle forms of “no,” and I leaned into them when I was first getting comfortable saying “no”.

The Benefits of Saying “No”

Establishing Boundaries

One of the first times I realized I had a problem saying no was in a previous job. Despite my communications position, I was roped into doing work that was way out of my league and expertise. My boss essentially wanted me to manage the IT support — not at all related to what I was hired to do. In hindsight, this was a direct result of my dirty habit of saying “yes” to every to-do that came my way. My boss and colleagues knew I would always say “yes”. They knew I would grin and bear it, even if it would totally stress me out.

There were many other situations, too, where I was asked to do the task that no one else wanted to do. It left me feeling like I was being taken advantage of, but the truth is that at the time I was too afraid or say “no.” I didn’t know how to break the habit and I didn’t want to let people down.

So, when I started saying “no” I didn’t have a choice. I had to establish boundaries. My boundaries today, revolve around what I consider a block schedule. I’m definitely not perfect, but I try hard each day to set aside specific time windows for work, family and friends and personal time. There are additional boundaries of course, but they stem from those three priorities.

Understanding my Top Priorities

Saying “no” has given me the opportunity to better prioritize my time — because when you say no to one thing you can then say yes to another. When I was in a habit of saying “yes” to everything that came up, I was operating more like someone playing whack-a-mole and less like someone with a schedule or plan for the day. But, when you start saying “no” you inadvertently become more conscious of what you are saying “yes” to and you figure out what your true priorities are.

A few weeks ago, I had three happy hour invites in one week. In the past, I would have said “yes” to each. But instead, I thought about my priorities and realized I needed to say no. I hadn’t worked out in a few days, and I was craving time with Will who was getting home from his week-long work trip.

For me my three priorities are work, family and friends and personal time. The personal bucket includes workout time, blogging, self care and/or doing something fun just for myself. Since I spend most of my time working during the week days, I try to completely cut work out of the picture over the weekends and maintain time with family and friends and personal time as top priorities.

Giving Others Time to Shine

When I was in a habit of saying yes to everything, I often would tell myself, “Well if I don’t do it, who will?!” or “No one else knows how to do this….” I often felt responsible to do more than my share. In work specifically, I had to learn the art of asking for help and sharing “to-dos” with other people. I have realized that my “no’s” can open doors for other people to shine and grow. I can actually come across as more of a team-player in the long run.

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So there you have it. Now, the truth is I’m still getting comfortable with saying “no”. I think of it as a habit that takes process, and some situations are easier than others. These benefits are just as much a reminder to myself as they are something that I hope others can find encouragement in.

And for those of you who don’t have a problem saying “no”, I hope this gives you some insight as to what it is like for the people in your life who only say “yes”.

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If you have a habit of saying “yes” or if you are currently working on getting more comfortable saying “no”, I would love to hear about your experiences. How do you say “no” in tough situations? Let’s chat in the comments!

Cheers!

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New Amazing Amazon Purchases for Style, Beauty and Home

Hi friends!  I don’t know about you, but this winter has been pretty busy, which means I haven’t had as much time as I usually do to shop for various products in person. Thankfully online shopping, and especially the convenience of Amazon has come to my rescue! There are a few recent Amazon purchases that I have been loving during these past couple months. Today, I want to share all the details. They are a random mix of beauty, style and home finds, but they are all very affordable and the level of quality is ah-mazing! So, here they are …

my latest Ah-mazing Amazon purchases

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Now, I want to talk about a few things in particular. First up, are the affordable workout leggings, I stumbled upon. They are $20 and oh-so-soft! I’ve been wearing them on repeat for the past month, have already washed them multiple times and they are holding up quite well. I also just found out the black ones below cost even less!

The gingham swing dress has been an awesome addition to my wardrobe, especially for the price! The fit is true to size and the a-line cut would be flattering on so many different figures. I am also loving the red, long striped cardigan. As I shared in one of my most popular posts, the tan version is a dupe from Topshop that is a quarter of the price. I thought it would be fun to try the red version, and its been a fun way to spice up the neutral tops I use for layering.

There are also a couple new beauty items from Amazon that I am loving. I tried a new collagen powder that is great! It is about $15 less than what I was using before. With the same exact beauty benefits, it has the same flavor-less taste and dissolves better in my coffee. If you haven’t added collagen into your beauty regimen, I highly recommend it. It does wonders for my skin, hair and nails!

The other beauty item from Amazon I am loving lately is a retinol cream. With jojoba oil and vitamin E in it, this stuff is very comparable to the creams I have tried that are 3 or 4 times more expensive. I first bought this stuff last summer, and when winter hit, my skin was not loving some of the higher-end creams I was using. So, I repurchased this stuff and it has been awesome! There’s no wonder why it has SO many good reviews.

In an effort to channel the little “Marie Kondo” inside me, I have been doing a lot of reorganizing. The pan organizer we got has been such a game changer. It expands and the inserts can be removed to create various widths. We no longer have to unstack and unload multiple pans or lids to get to the one we want to use.

Have you had any amazing Amazon purchases lately? I would love to hear if you guys like to online shop too.  Do you do more online shopping in the winter? Let me know in the comments.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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