Amazon Christmas Gifts!


I’m a stay at home Mom of 2 kids. My youngest is 2.75 (lol) and my oldest is 5.25. My husband works a lot and, like most men, despises shopping.


We needed to buy gifts that would follow our guidelines for achieving and living a more minimalistic lifestyle.

Since we are preparing to move to another state and live in a tiny cabin while my husband builds additions, any space we have is sacred. The last thing I want is a bunch of toys lying around all the time.

Of course, when you have children, it’s sort of a known thing that there will always be toys everywhere. That isn’t a challenge for those of you who actually do chores regularly. I am not that person. I pick up when I feel like it. Or when someone is on their way over to my house. It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I am willing to sacrifice a messy house for a little sanity.

This year we decided to follow an old rule of thumb for gifts:

  • Something They Want
  • Something They Need
  • Something to Wear
  • Something to Read

We spent about $150.00 TOTAL!


I’m all about shopping small and local. But I have really stuck that one on the back burner because the one thing this mama is wishing for this year is SIMPLICITY and CONVENIENCE.

Hello Amazon Prime!

This is where I do all of my Christmas shopping!

That’s right. My couch. I’m what you would call a classic lazy person and I enjoy every moment of it, too. 🙂 No offense taken.

I work hard at being a good mom. I do clean up. I’m sort of exaggerating at being lazy. Sort of. So shopping online is a major way to save time and energy!


I don’t have a specific dates that I like to shop online. Black Friday and Cyber Monday can definitely offer good deals but I don’t like feeling under pressure when I’m confronted with a million good deals. I ought to create a list of what to get each person and stick to that list. Maybe I’ll remember that next Cyber Monday. Haha


I’m sharing this with you because I want you to know there is no need to feel ashamed buying Christmas gifts online. A lot of people frown upon it. I don’t. And there are a lot more people out there who are like me! 😁

Click here to start your gift shopping online. I don’t receive any commissions. It’s simply to be helpful!

What are you buying your kids for Christmas this year? Come see me on Instagram @the30somethinglifee

(with 2 e’s) 😉

No Glamor Here!

Good Morning Everyone!

It is a beautiful snowy morning here and I am chomping at the bit to decorate for Christmas!

I am blessed with a cold and now a back injury to slow me down. At least, that’s how I’m interpreting it. (Helps me feel less down in the dumps about being completely useless.)

Yesterday I packed up most of my kitchen. I packed away a lot of “crap”. I oeft the essentials for us to live off od until we move into the cabin.

Well, now my kitchen feels wonderful and I actually like not having 85 Tupperware and 93 dishes. And 13 different skillets!

I’m really cobtemplating selling what’s in the boxes. Let me know what you think. Did you ever experience this phenomenon when you were packing up your house?

I have a video of me asking this question on Instagram because, well, it was an important question I had to put out there for everyone to answer! I did it right away before I even did my makeup and my face is still swollen from sleeping. Haha. Let me know what your verdict is on the boxes!

You can check out my video here Click Here or scroll down 👇🏼