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5 Products That Make Life Easier

You know when you find a product that makes you wonder how you got along before it? Here are 5 things I'm so happy I invested in.


1. Shark Steam Mop

I can never go back to using a regular mop and a bucket of soapy water. I won't do it! This

is a life-changer and a time-saver if you have tile floors. There are many different types sold at many different prices at many different stores. The model that you get doesn't matter much- only that you have one. Just plug it in, fill it up with water, and steam away. I like to put tea tree essential oil on my floors before I mop since it is also a natural bug deterrent.

2. Quip Toothbrush

I didn't know I could love a toothbrush so much. When I got my first electric toothbrush (I think it was Phillips brand), I thought I was in love then. I knew I preferred it to the boring regular toothbrush I used to have. But have you ever gone on vacation and forgot to pack your toothbrush charger only for it to run out of wiggly jiggles? Or wasted money on off-brand toothbrush head replacements that didn't actually fit? I was so sad when I left my Phillips electric toothbrush in a hotel in NYC on a trip with my sister. But replacing it with a Quip toothbrush was a blessing in disguise because: 1. You don't have to charge it. Quip has a subscription program (only $5 every 3 months) that sends you a new battery and a new toothbrush head. You don't even have to think about it. I love that. 2. It's so sleek looking. It looks like an apple product. 3. It's easy to travel with. It isn't bulky and you don't have to pack a charger. 4. It's cheaper than most electric toothbrushes at only $55 and they sell them at Target if you don't want to wait. 5. The vibrations make my teeth feel so much cleaner!

3. Ninja Coffee Bar

I purchased this on a whim and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. I love that you can make coffee by the cup without having to use a plastic pod. You still have the option to make a full pot, or a half pot. It comes with a measuring spoon that is labeled so that you can make your coffee consistently awesome every time. I also love the "over ice" brew setting for hot days. But I think my favorite part is that you can make fancy lattes. The ninja coffee bar can make "fakespresso". Basically a condensed coffee- but you can use it along with the attached milk frother to make lattes. It even come with a little recipe book if you want to get creative. You can bet $40 off of the Ninja Coffee Bar right now with code "MOM40".

4. Dryer Balls

Call me crazy. I love dryer balls. I'm over dryer sheets. Why are there so many laundry products? Doing the laundry is already the worst. Switch to dryer balls. It's better for your skin. It's better for the environment. It's one less product you have to worry about running out of.

5. Flex Cup

This applies to the ladies only. I switched to a Flex Cup and I only regret not doing it sooner. No more tampons and pads. I didn't think this would be for me-I thought that it would be messy or embarrassing and that I'd have to clean it in a public bathroom. It's none of those things. You can wear it for 12 hours safely without having to clean it. That means once in the morning and once at night. The rest of the day, you can forget that you have your period. It's comfortable, it saves you money and it's better for the environment. Plus, now you don't have to carry tampons and pads everywhere or remember to pack them for trips. You can just pack the flex cup- and it comes with a tiny travel bag. They also sell these at Target.

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