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Mom’s Favorite Things

Sometimes, when we find something that works SUPER well, we just can’t help but tell everyone about it! The items listed below (an ongoing list) are just things that we LOVE and want to recommend to others. There’s no other reason!

Nail Polish: Essie is a nail polish brand that is a little more expensive than some of the other

ones. However, if you want your nails to stay painted for more than a couple of days THROUGH all of the dishes and hand washing, Essie is the brand to get! I LOVE the top coat, “No Chips Ahead” because it literally kept my nails chip-free for 7-8 days while on vacation in Florida with the kids…swimming, sandcastle building, dish washing, hair scrubbing, sun tan lotion applying and all. I have tested the top coat with a cheaper color underneath and it definitely helps the cheaper nail polish last a good 5 days but Essie colors last even longer. The color, “Allure” is a beautiful, natural color that I recently discovered. It is also rumored that Duchess Kate, of Prince William uses Essie. Buy the top coat from HERE on Amazon…it’s cheaper than the stores.

Robot Vacuum: Yes, that’s right, robot. My thoughtful brother gave me an incredibly
generous gift when I was on bedrest with my third child…the iRobot Roomba Vacuuming Robot. That was three years ago and I use it ALL the time. Just put it in a room, push the button, and walk away! I especially like using it in the bathroom and kitchen. They make LOTS of different kinds now – but I provided the link to the one that is most like mine.

Workout Video: After being on bed rest with my fourth child, exercise was not only challenging to start up again, but I had a hard time finding the time! Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred is a great video for those of us who don’t have time to go to a gym. The DVD has 3 levels of 20-minute workouts. All you need is a DVD player and some hand weights. Her philosophy of combining cardio, weights, and abs is GREAT and I felt stronger after just a few weeks. Plus, it’s only about $8 on AMAZON!

Deodorant: My wonderful, wise mother encouraged me to stop wearing anti-perspirant with aluminum because of the possible cancer-causing issues. And let me tell you, not every deodorant works on this busy, perspiring mama! The one brand I found is “Crystal.” I tried the roll-on for a while and that was good. However, it stopped working after about a year or two. I recently switched to the solid rock one and that is awesome. Find it on Amazon: HERE

Awesome Mom Book: Right after I gave birth to my fourth child, I stumbled upon a book at the library that I ended up liking and sharing with tons of moms 🙂 This author, Hannah Keeley has 7 children and an encouraging, upbeat spin on life! Although I may differ on a bit of her philosophy and self-help ideas, I love her recipe ideas and cleaning tips. Check out her book, Total Mom Makeover, or her website, She has awesome organization tools to print and use. She also has an online coaching program (takes 5 minutes of your day) that has helped so many moms:

Face Wipes and Lotion: “Say Yes to Cucumber Face Cleanser Towelettes” and “Say Yes to Carrot Body Butter” Sometimes I am just too busy to wash my face or put on lotion – but when I do these things, I feel 10 times better! So, I found two products that I keep handy so I can freshen up really fast! They also sell travel size ones to keep in your “mom bag.” I buy mine at Target, but they are cheaper on Amazon.

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