5 Life-Changing Products

These are some of my all-time favorite products.  You may not need them, but they might just be a game-changer for you, too!  (And c’mon, Christmas is right around the corner!)

Hoover Linx


I cannot adequately explain to you my undying love for this vacuum.  At $100, it’s certainly more than an entry-level stick vac, but I guarantee that if you have a lot of hard floors, it will become entirely worth it!  I can vacuum my entire downstairs on one charge.  It handles hard floors like a dream.  The brush head is controlled with the power button and is super-convenient; it’s a snap to use it in both modes (with brush head or without).  It also vacuums carpet, but not quite as well.  Because it’s cordless, vacuuming is infinitely easier (no running around plugging in and unplugging).  It’s much more convenient to tidy up occasional spills and those spots where dirt, hair, and grass accumulate.  It’s lightweight and good opportunity to get kids involved in daily chores.  No bags to keep up with, just dump the canister when full.  And it only takes 3 hours to fully charge, so you can easily vacuum before and after guests.

Rubbermaid Reveal


The initial system is $35, and that includes 1 bottle and 1 pad.  You can grab another bottle and pad for $4.70 and $5.99 respectively.  The pads are machine washable, which means that for just pennies and 45 minutes in the washing machine, your mop is ready to go again. Rubbermaid says each pad can last for about 200 mopping sessions before needing to be replaced.  I have 2 bottles, which lets me pre-mix my cleaning solution whenever I have 3 minutes.  Here’s the best part: there’s NO CHANCE that my husband would mop up messes with a traditional mop and bucket and measuring a cleaning solution–it’s just too much of an ordeal.  He WILL grab this sucker and give the floor a few quick swipes!  Which means that we’re keeping things cleaner for less money.  No wipes or expensive solutions to buy (I use Murphy’s Oil Soap, but you can literally use whatever your little heart desires).  It DOES have a teeny-tiny learning curve (you have to get used to the trigger and how to handle the suction on the bottle since it’s a spray mop), but it’s not significant.

Panasonic Ladies Electric Shaver


Whoa.  Consider yourself free to have shaved legs with total convenience.  I am no longer shackled to the shower for this task.  I had an electric shaver when I was a teenager.  It sucked.  This one is AWESOME.  Especially with small kids, hectic life, and showering becoming a much less reliable institution for me, this product has become crucial.  It’s $20 and allows me to have sleek legs in 5 minutes.  It’s wet/dry so you CAN still use it in the shower, but I haven’t.  EVER.  It charges in 24 hours, but you can shave your legs like 10 times between charges (and now that I think about it, it’s never even died on me–I just charge it to avoid that).

Device Organizer


Ok, it seems ludicrous to pay $40 for something like this, right?  But it took the quadmire of stacked devices and tangled cords and transformed them into a tidy corner of accessible tech heaven.  I have it tucked in a bookshelf, so it holds 2 laptops as well as other devices like a champ.

Lobby Broom and Dustpan


Jen, why don’t you just use a normal broom and dustpan?  Because whereever my children eat, there is a HUGE MESS on the floor.  So since I LOATHE crumbs and dirty floors, that means I’m sweeping a lot.  And 1 thing I’ve learned is that if you have tiny people running around, they are oblivious to piles of dirt on the floor and they will run right THROUGH it and track it all through the house.  So I don’t make a dirt pile–sweeping it into the dustpan immediately is way more efficient.  And I’m not bending over constantly because I’m too old for that nonsense.  Know why businesses and airports have people walking around sweeping with these things?  Because it makes more sense.  And even though it’s gross, this one allows me NOT to dump it if I’m in a jam.

Have your own list of products that you ADORE?  Share them with me!!!

The 1 Parenting Car Hack That You Need Now


This isn’t really for traveling.  This is for any car trip ever.  Once this saves your bacon (like it has mine and I’ve only used it for one trip), you will never be the same.  Are you ready to be amazed?


For each kid in your vehicle who is old enough and capable, give them a gallon storage bag.  They can tuck it into their carseat or the pocket in front of them–anywhere within reach.   Now the next time they say, “Oh, I don’t feel good…,” instead of panicking or pulling over (or not and reaping the consequences), you just say, “Get your bag ready, but try NOT to throw up!”

At the most, it will cost you $0.10 for the bag.  The last time a kid threw up in the car, we were out of town and ended up stopping at a store and buying trash bags and cleaner, costing around $15, so this is DEFINITELY worth it!


Store baby clothes like never before

We’re having another baby. And we’re out of room. Like lots of families, the first several weeks of newborn-ness are spent with baby in our room. So while thinking about how to facilitate this a few weeks ago, I was pinning away and came across all these pins about using shoe organizers for snacks and other stuff and I thought, “maybe that would work for baby clothes!”  So $10 later, I’m optimistic!



  • It really limits you and encourages minimalism
  • I got an entire laundry basket of clothes in here and had 3-4 pockets empty still (I need to add hats, socks, and burp cloths)
  • It doesn’t require any different kind of folding
  • There will be zero barriers to customization–anything will be able to go anywhere and we can move item to different pockets in a snap
  • When we’re done with this stage, it’ll be really easy to repurpose the organizer
What do I have in here?
  • 3-4 “outfit” onesies
  • 6 pairs of pants (all 6 in one pocket was no problem)
  • 2 jackets
  • 15 sleepers (2 fit in each pocket nicely)
  • 4 longsleeved onesie/matching pants combos
  • ~8 short-sleeved onesies
  • a swaddler (I have 3 more to add since these are CRUCIAL!)
  • a couple newborn diapers that I found hiding on my changing table from last baby
  • a new pack of wipes (it didn’t really fit, it was CRAMMED in there, but maybe a partial or a travel pack?)

I’m entirely certain that I can add 8 pairs of socks and 2-3 hats in one pocket, neither of those particular baby item do we use very much.  We really just stick to sleepers.  And I will probably get rid of 4 more sleepers to free up 2 more pockets for burp clothes or more swaddlers since with doing 3 loads of kid laundry each week, we should be fine with 10 sleepers.  And realistically, with her being a November baby, I won’t need the warm-weather “outfit” onesies (maybe I’ll just take a picture of her in them and then put them away!)