In my thirty-something years on this planet, I have discovered a few things that make life a little easier and happier. I’ve written posts here and there on some of these items, but I wanted to give you one place where you can easily peruse all these fabulous finds.
While some of these are affiliate links (that means if you end up purchasing the item by clicking on the link, I may make a commission), everything you’ll see is only here because I personally use it, wear it, read it, own it, love it, and wish someone had told me about it sooner. I’ll keep adding things as I find ’em, and be sure to let you know when I do.
These “Pretty Flowers”, as we call them, are silicone covers for reheating food in the microwave, or even using as a lid for pots and pans on the stove. My husband used to use plastic wrap to cover plates and bowls when he was reheating food in the microwave, which always made me nervous… you know, the whole microwaving plastic thing. Plus these are reusable, so in our effort to be a little more green, they’re perfect!
The Boba Wrap. This is something I always lusted after when I had my first. I loved the idea of baby wearing, but at the time didn’t think I could afford anything like this. Oh how I wish I had just spent the $40 the first time and had it for both kids. Regardless, I got one with our second and it turned out to be the best $40 ever. I did have to watch a YouTube video on how to put it on, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy peasy. I put him in there while I was doing EVERYTHING! I worried a little that he would get too used to sleeping in it, or too used to being held, but he sleeps better and is just as independent as my oldest.
I’m so happy I stumbled across these calendars 5 Christmas’ ago. You just upload all your photos onto Shutterfly, then customize as much or as little as you want. I give them away as Christmas presents every year, and order one for us as well. It’s become a collection of all our favorite photos and moments of the year, and we have so much fun looking through them every once and a while.
This may seem like a random thing for me to have on my “favorite things” list, but it’s written by my mom who is most definitely one of my favorite things, and it’s my list so I’ll put what I want in here! Regardless of the fact that she’s my mom, Unraveling the Mysteries of Moving to Costa Rica is a wonderful book and a great read even if you’ve never even considered moving to Costa Rica. It gives the nitty gritty, realistic details of everything you need to know about making such a move.
I wrote about this gem in How to Camp With Babies and Kids, and I still think it’s one of the coolest things in kids gear out there. It folds up just like every other camp chair, so it’s easy to bring anywhere. It’s a little spendy, but we’ll easily get three summers out of it, and it’s great to take to a friend’s house for dinner as well.
We got this counter top compost bin for Christmas a couple of years ago. And while we only compost off and on, it keeps the trash from getting stinky because of the daily smoothie fruit peels, and we dump it into the green bin as opposed to the regular trash can… so it can become compost for someone else (as I explain in 8 Easy Ways to be a Little More Green). I did break down and buy the bio-degradable compost bags to go in them. They are great if you empty the bin every few days, otherwise the liquid starts to break down them bag and it leaks through anyway.
I used to write our weekly dinner menu on a piece of white printer paper every week, then hang it on the fridge so my husband knew what to make for dinner. It’s not a huge waste of paper, but with this cool magetic chalkboard I feel like we’re saving a few more trees, and it looks much nicer on the fridge. I understand this wouldn’t work for a lot of people since stainless steel isn’t magnetic, but you could put it on the side and it would serve the same purpose.
Seriously, are these Honest Company diapers not the greatest diapers in the world? They are practically the next best thing to cloth diapers in terms of “green-ness”, and there’s no weird chemicals in them. I did a lot of research before deciding to use them, and feel much better about the fact that we use disposable diapers instead of cloth when I use these. Perhaps more importantly, they’re always coming out with fun new patterns. They cost about the same as any other premium diaper, but I managed to find some great Zulily deals for 50% off, and if you use this link you get $20 off your first bundle. Not to mention after you see your little babe’s bum in these you’ll never want anything else.