I am all about making my life easier, bit by bit. I try to embrace the things I learned from The Happiness Project but it’s probably (definitely) time to dust off my copy and do some revision.
Lately as I’m spending more time at home I’m starting to notice and appreciate some bits and pieces that have really do make things easier so I thought I’d share them and hopefully help safe you time and effort.
(They’re all things that I have bought and paid for myself so this isn’t a sponsored post, I just love the stuff so I’m sharing)
1. Sunshine Kids Buggy Buddy
I’ve two of the “one handle” type buggies and neither has a pocket to put my wallet/a bottle of water/tissues in that’s within reach- this is the solution, so I end up putting them in the hood, and then they get stuck or fall out and the hood collapses and I curse, loudly. This magical* invention (*it’s not actually magical) saves all that swearing. It’s a container that velcroes onto either side of the handle of the buggy and that holds all my stuff. I LOVE it. I get nervous if it’s on the other buggy and I have to hang a bag off the bar. I should probably get a second one, or get rid of a buggy. Anyway, this is widely available, and not expensive (€11- yay) you’ll see it in baby shops that stock the Sunshine Kids brand, I got mine from Amazon I think. It’s a winner.
2. Pancetta Cubes
I buy mine in Aldi usually. They are brilliant, they are tasty and they are cheap, and the boys will eat them. Win.
You will never be hungry if you have these and a bag of pasta. They are amazing. They are gorgeous in salads too. That’s why I have so many recipes that use them.
Like this and this and all these.
3. Clevamama Soother Tree
I bought this before Laoise was born, we didn’t have one for the boys so we had either Milton on the go or the breastpump microwave steriliser. This was just brilliant, so handy when you aren’t using bottles much so don’t have a sterliser on the go all the time . It sterilises the dummies in a minute in the microwave and stores them hygenically and tidily too. Plus, I think it must have been designed to sit nicely on the kitchen windowsill. (Available everywhere, made by Clevamama.
I got these at the end of the summer in a local chemist. They look mostly like normal shades but are slightly deeper and a bit bigger. They stop the whole “I can’t wear my glasses on a sunny day” drama and the constant switching between glasses and prescription sunglasses. Mine cost €15 in the local chemist, they’re also available on Amazon. LOVE.
5. Travel Changing Mat with pockets
These are available from lots of places and there are a few different brands. It’s basically a changing mat with pockets in it that folds up neatly (usually). I have mine a while and really find it invaluable. You get the stage where you’re sick of carrying around the big nappy bag with ALL the nappies and bibs and muslins and changes of clothes, and everything except the one thing that you really need, so this is really handy to have a few wipes, four nappies and a spare vest for leaks close at hand. I tend to keep a sample size of nappy cream in it too. Then, if we’re out this wallet type thing slots neatly under the buggy or in my (HUGE) handbag and the nappy bag with all the changes of clothes stays in the car. It’s a great gift to give new parents too, or I think so, as I have given it to a few 🙂
What makes your life easier?
Since I’m all about making life easier I’d love to hear what makes your life easier, in the hope that it might help me too!