Mom & Life Hacks
As I have gone through life, becoming a mom, running a business from home, and being the cook, chauffeur, and manager of the home, there are certain tips and tricks that I have found make being a mom & life easier.
Hack #1 Aloe & lavender
Have aloe vera (a plant if possible) and lavender essential oil on hand for all things. Lavender is the Swiss Army knife of essential oils just like aloe is a Swiss army cream for all things. Apply to cuts, scrapes, bites, etc.
Hack #2 Do a load of laundry every night
I have found that starting a load of laundry every night when I put the kids to bed and then moving it to the dryer before I get into bed, helps keep the laundry monster at bay! I then try to fold that load right away in the morning before the kids wake up.
Hack #3 Electric pressure cooker aka Instant Pot
This magic pot helps to cook everything quicker and healthier! Cooks frozen meats in less than 20 min, makes perfect rice, oats, and beans, great for making homemade yogurt and more!!
Hack #4 Sugar water hairspray
A healthier way to have a hairspray that is non-toxic and works! Just dissolve 2 Tbsp of sugar in 1 cup of hot/boiling water. I like to add some essential oils (about 10-15 drops) and sometimes a tablespoon of vodka to preserve it.
Hack #5 Wool dryer balls
Grab a set of wool dryer balls(4-6 are recommended). This will cut out the use of toxic dryer sheets. This also will help speed up dry time and you can add essential oils to them for natural laundry scent.
Hack #6 Extend the life of your natural products
We have found that the natural products that we use (shampoos, conditioners, body washes, cleaning products) are highly concentrated. I have found that we are able to dilute these products making them last 3-4 times longer than we would expect. Check out my facebook page to see the many ways we dilute our natural products.
Hack #7 Foaming hand soap
After learning how toxic hand soaps are, I needed to find a healthier way. In walked the foaming hand soap trick. Save or buy some foaming hand soap containers(7-8 oz size), grab some castile soap(3 Tbsp), and choose your desired essential oils smell(8-10 drops) and BOOM! Foaming hand soap- check! Non-toxic and super cheap!
Hack #8 Menstrual cup
This is an amazing little thing that makes that time of the month more manageable and affordable. It takes a couple of tries to get used to it but the fact that TSS(toxic shack syndrome), chemical exposer and the fact that they can hold a lot and stay in for 12+ hours (depending on flow) makes them AMAZING!
Hack #9 Long tank tops
Okay so long tanks help those of us fashionably impaired to feel more fashionable, aka the layered look, and they just make life easier by keeping all things covered. They are wonderful for nursing and go with yoga pants or jeans- WIN WIN!
Hack #10 Lettuce in Mason Jars
Lettuce is a staple in our home and we hate to waste anything especially food. So one way to keep our lettuce longer was by storing it in mason jars! We just wash, cut and then keep it sealed in mason jars and have found that instead of 3-4 day shelf life, we are able to get 7-10 days!
Hack #11 All in 1 cleaner in your purse/diaper bag
Keeping your all in 1 cleaner (aka Thieves cleaner) in my purse and/or diaper bag is a game changer. I just store in a 2 oz bottle and now have an on the go hand sanitizer, cart cleaner, spot treatment on me at all times. I also like to keep a few paper towels in a baggie so that I can spray them and have sanitizing wipes!
Hack #12 DIY dry shampoo/mermaid hair
Depending on personal preference, these 2 items are an amazing life hack for all of us who are busy… aka EVERYONE! These both help to extend the time between shampooing and are ever so helpful on days when showering is barely an option #mommusthave