Tech & Gadgets

Gear & Gadgets for Moms with Little Ones

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As a mom of toddlers, I am often around other moms of small children and two common topics that come up over time are:

(1)  “How do I save time?”

(2)  “What’s an easy way to do this?”

Let’s face it–when you have kids, there is only so much time you can save and nothing is easy about being a mom :).  With that said, it is all the more important to have efficient gear and gadgets (please note that I am only specifying brand names when necessary):

(1)  Primo Bath Tub–This bathtub can be used from Day 1 and my 2 and 3-year-olds still use it.  It’s safer than using your own bathtub/sink and other baby tubs, saves water, and makes bath time a cinch (with this tub, bath time for each kid is only 5 minutes!).

(2)  Electric Pressure Cooker–Three words: One button cooking.  Throw everything in a pot, push a button, and walk away.  I cannot imagine my life without mine.

(3)  Stand Mixer–Many people have hand mixers (as do I) but the idea is that the less you have to do by hand, the better.  Also, mommy deserves a treat once in a while (try making a chiffon cake with a hand mixer–possible but would take forever!).

(4)  Blender–If you’re lazy, busy, or have kids who won’t eat their veggies (or all of the above), then a blender can help you and your family have a healthier diet.  Remember, there’s a difference between blending and juicing (both have benefits).

(5)  Contours Options Tandem Stroller–I have used this stroller just about every day since our kids were born and I would say that this is probably the best mommy gear we have in our home.  The reason is because the seats can recline 180 degrees, are adjustable, and removable/interchangeable.  The space under the seats has ample storage for shopping and day trips.  In addition, there is a shopping basket attachment that you can purchase.  (Before we had our second child, we would replace the second stroller seat with the shopping basket attachment–pure genius; I would get wide-eyed, envious looks from other moms of babies every time I used our stroller.)

(6)   TravelJohn Unisex Travel Disposable Urinals–This product is a godsend.  Anyone (men, women, boys, girls, adults, toddlers, etc.) can use it.  Plus, it’s odor and leak resistant (the internal non-toxic gel instantly absorbs urine and transforms all contents into a gel).  Super portable and disposable.  Use it anytime and anywhere.  Need I say more?

Oto-Tip

earsAfter I launched my Indiegogo campaign yesterday, I browsed the site to see what other ventures were in the works.  That’s when I discovered the Oto-Tip.  Anyway, I was sold and decided to get one for the family and thought I’d share it with all of you (just in case any of you needed something like that in your home).

Shoeboxed

receipts

It’s that time of year, again.  Tax season is now upon us.  And I have the lovely task of gathering, organizing, and cataloging all of our receipts from last year.  Up until this point, I’ve always done my own taxes (same with my husband).  Now that we’re married, our tax situation just got a wee bit complicated.  “No shoeboxes,” so said the accountant.  Thankfully, I have a subscription called Shoeboxed.  This app allows me to take photos of receipts via my phone and/or mail them in via pre-paid envelopes.  The program keeps track of all your receipts and allows you to export them so that you may send and/or print them out at any time.  No more paper (yay!).  With that said, don’t make the same mistake I did and procrastinate on taking the snapshots and have a build-up of receipts waiting to be scanned and/or mailed out (it defeats the purpose of having the app, doesn’t it?).  Still, I can’t image my life without Shoeboxed.  If you’re in business (sales, independent contractor, business owner, etc.), incur deductible expenses throughout the year, and/or contribute to several non-profit and/or charitable organizations, you need this.  Plus, if you sign up via the above links, you receive a 10% discount.  Every little bit helps, right?  A wise man once said, “If you count the nickels and dimes, the dollars take care of themselves.”