If you had asked me this question 6 years ago, this would be a TOTALLY different blog post.  Since becoming a mom, my priorities have changed.  The stuff moms need changes quite drastically.  Now my list focuses on convenience and self-care.  I invest in things that make our lives simpler and save time.  I am always looking for ways to save time,  so I have more time to connect with my family.

 

In this post, I share 5 items that I recommend for all moms. If you are looking to make life simpler these items are easy, convenient and save time. They are stuff moms want.

 

1. Hoover Cordless Vacuum

I have no idea how I lived for so long without a cordless vacuum.  My dad gifted me with this only a year ago.  What I love about it is that it is very user-friendly. Even a 3-year-old can vacuum the kitchen and entryway successfully!  I pick up anything that has moisture by hand.  After that, Hoover to the rescue. 

It picks up everything that accumulates around a kitchen table with a toddler and preschooler. After we use it, I charge the battery to make sure it will be ready for the next time.  We can vacuum all of the areas in our home that have tile without losing charge.

 

Specifics that I love:

  • It fits under counters and furniture.
  • The handle rotates making it super maneuverable.
  • 2-year warranty
  • There’s a meter to tell you how much battery voltage you have left.
  • No cord!
  • The dirt cup is easy to dump and replace.
  • It sucks up everything.  Except for your kids and pets!
 
 
 

 

 

 

2. My Minivan

I NEVER in a million years would have thought that I would be driving a minivan, but when it came time for a different vehicle a minivan seemed to be the smartest choice.  I like some get-up and go, and I can’t complain about my van when it comes to picking up speed.  It’s not going to beat a Porsche, but it could probably give second place a run for the money. 
 
I tell the kids, “Never underestimate this minivan.”  When I want to entertain the boys, I safely look both ways when leaving a red light, then hit the gas and say to the tune of Gingerbread Man, “Drive, drive as fast as you can.  You can’t catch me.  I’m in my minivan!”  
 

Specifics that I love:

  • The size is easy to park, fits in the garage, yet I can pack 1,000,001 things inside.
  • The vehicle is versatile.  It can be great for our family, for my friends and I, for short trips, or for long trips.  There are so many perks.
  • Everything is simple and quick to clean, vacuum (it comes with one built in) and wipe down.
  • The kids climb in and out on their own.
  • The price.
  • Good gas mileage.
  • All of the ways the seats can be folded or taken out.
 
 

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3. Essential Oils

Several years ago, I was clueless about oils.  Not that I ever went to the doctor, but I thought that people who were using the oils were drinking the kool-aid as my cousin would say.  This was because I was uneducated and listening to the opinion of some of those around me.

At Christmas, one of my friends blessed me with the gift of oils.  She gave me Tantrum Buster, Immunity, and Sleep Ease.  She gave me some bath items that I could use to pamper myself as well.  Once I started using the gift, I haven’t looked back.  It has changed our lives.  I joined Young Living, and I encourage all households to be members.

As someone who hates using medicine and chemicals in my household, I can’t believe I wasn’t into this earlier.  Now, I use it as an immunity booster, mood booster, energy booster, food enhancer, focus enhancer, aphrodisiac, anxiety suppresser, replace cleaners, confidence builder, toothpaste, deodorant, skin enhancer, and more.  We use the oils internally, topically and aromatically.

Furthermore, I have learned that oils are mentioned in the Bible over 200 times and were used often.  I use mine daily.  Find out more about how to get involved with essential oils Here.

Specifics that I love:

  • I want what is best for my family.
  • I want to use the least amount of chemicals in my home as possible.
  • The Seed to Seal promise.
  • When my boys don’t eat their fruits or veggies, I replace it with a Ningxia Red pouch which they superduper love and skip the “Eat your veggies!” battle.
  • Wellness and mindfulness
  • The chemical-free aromatherapy the diffuser provides.

 

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 4. Alexa

 

I was very apprehensive about whether or not I would like this device because I am nervous to bring another “device” into our home.  Within days, I was glad I did not return Alexa. 

The kids and I love using her.  I love how she saves me time and I don’t even have to quit what I’m doing to go find her like I do my phone.  Recently, Jock told me, “Mom, I love you, Ryder (his cousin), and Alexa the most.”  If he ever names her first, there will be issues.  

Specifics that I love:

  • She plays whatever music we request on cue.
  • I can set timers and alarms with her.
  • I can ask the weather for the day, next day, etc.
  • She can keep lists that you can access in the app.
  • She will play games with.  You can tell her to tell jokes.
  • You can ask her questions that you would usually Google.
  • She will do a guided meditation.
  • Alexa can even read books to the family.

Admittedly, I asked Alexa to vacuum the living room.  She replied, “I can’t do that, but I can play some music to get you in the mood to clean.”  She proceeded to play some upbeat music.  The Alexa for adults with a screen is on my wishlist.

 

 

5. Daily Devotional

When I was going through postpartum depression I was blessed to hear someone speaking about the importance of their devotional and how it changed their day.  She mentioned that she used the Jesus Calling devotional.  A friend had given me a devotional 2 years prior and I had never used it.  I went home and dug it out.  Low and behold, I looked at the cover and it was a Jesus Calling devotional.

I agree.  This devotional has changed my days.  I’ve given this beautiful book to so many people I love, and I’ve come back to it myself again and again. I’m so thankful for what God has done in my own life and the lives of people I love through this extraordinary book.  I am on my 4th year of using this book, and every day I feel like Jesus is speaking directly to me. Though I’ve read it 4 times, I would never know. I have gone on to buy more Sarah Young books and none have let me down.  

Specifics that I love:

  • The message speaks to my soul.
  • Jesus Calling gets my day started on a positive note.
  • There are Bible verses at the bottom of the page, so if I don’t have time to go look things up, it’s there for me.
  • The book always seems to be 100% spot on with what I’m going through.
  • I want to do my morning routine.  It doesn’t feel like a job.  The book is something I look forward to.
  • I am intentionally connected to God first thing in the morning whereas before it was so hit or miss.

 

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Bonus:  Lash Boost

Mom’s everywhere are ruining their lashes by putting fake lashes on. Eventually, this leaves you with very few lashes.  Rodan + Fields Lash Boost grows your lashes by applying the liner each night.  Women everywhere are raving about this enhancement.  It will also thicken your eyebrows if they have thinned over the years.

To Wrap It Up

There are some things that I use now that I would have not had as much appreciation for before becoming a mom.  After becoming a mom, I now see the importance of items that save you time, energy, stress, and items that bring safety and joy to the household.  I need things in my life that are simple and low maintenance. That is what these 5 items are!
 
 

Comment:  I would love to hear about items that you could NOT live without since you have become a mom.  We can all benefit from sharing these items.  We don’t want anyone saying, “I wish I had known about these sooner.”  Please share.

 

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Make it a great day or not, the choice is yours!  Remember to have fun, laugh and give God the glory! I love you! SS
 

 

 

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