I work full time, I mom full time, and I wife full time. (Okay, that last one is a lie. My wife skills are subpar and part time at best.) I’m constantly burning my candle at both ends, trying to make everyone happy while trying to maintain some sense of normalcy/sanity/body autonomy. The only things that I can afford to have in my life are things that serve dual purposes. And by dual, I mean way more than two. I mean multiple purposes. And by multiple purposes I mean all the purposes. If they don’t serve all the purposes, they better be a major, major time saver for me.
Can you relate? Good. Welcome. I’m glad you’re here. Sorry to hear about you being so busy. Being a millennial mom is the worst, am I right? Yes. Yes, I am. Anyways, be sure to pass this bad boy along to your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/mom/dad/cousin/aunt/uncle/boss/whoever is going to give you gifts this holiday season — because the below gifts are sure to make your life just a little bit easier and a little bit more manageable. Thank me later.
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There are three things I know to be true in this world. One: I will always get sick at the most inopportune time. Two: Being a mom sucks sometimes. And, three: Essential oils fix everything. I keep my diffuser by my iMac, because that’s where I needed it the most during the last election cycle. When I was sick, I put some eucalyptus in that thing and basically hotboxed myself in my office. (Okay, just to be clear, I didn’t actually do that.) When I needed relaxation, and help sleeping, I used lavender. There’s an oil for everything. I recommend putting this on your nightstand – use it when you go to sleep, and maybe change it up in the morning while you’re getting ready with something citrusy. There are plenty of websites you can search to find the best essential oil for whatever problem you’re having.
Bottom line: Buy this so she can relax after a long days work, wake up refreshed, and get better faster.
2 – Crockpot
I maintain that my wife skills are subpar, but having a Crockpot definitely helps mask that deficiency. Last Easter I made a delicious ham in my Crockpot and felt like the most domestic housewife to ever grace this fine planet. I was channeling Martha Steward, Betty Crocker, my grandma, all the greats. The best part is that this magnificent ham required literally five minutes of my time, leaving me able to do everything else I wanted to do not in the kitchen.
Bottom line: Working moms need quick and easy dinners, the Crockpot delivers just that.
3 – Travel Mug / Tumbler
No, I don’t have time to sit in front of my window in the morning while I leisurely drink coffee/tea/whatever. If you’re anything like me, you realize you haven’t had anything to drink while you’re already one step out the door. You need a travel mug (coffee drinkers) or a tumbler (juice/water/chai tea latte drinkers) so you can take it to go. Bonus points if you get something sassy on the mug, and always remember to make sure it’s dishwasher safe. No one has time for this hand washing nonsense.
4 – Keurig
You are absolutely not going to make a full pot of coffee. There is no way you’re going to sit there in the morning and wait for it to finish. And if you are, that’s too much time you could be spending doing other things. Get a Keurig, make it snappy. Fun fact: Even if you don’t drink coffee, Keurigs are good for getting hot water quick (for tea), or they even have K-Cups for hot chocolate.
Bottom line: Literally no one has the time or the need to make a full pot of coffee.
5 – Amazon Echo
So everything I’ve mentioned so far are all things that I actually have so can speak about them firsthand, but this one I actually don’t personally have! That doesn’t mean I can’t speak with some authority though, I mean, I watch Stassi’s snapchat so definitely know the value of the Amazon Echo. You can stream your music through Amazon Echo, ask it random questions, listen to Audible audiobooks (a must for busy women like us – no time to just sit and read anymore), read recipes off to you, order you a pizza, set your alarm, I mean, this is basically your best friend in cylinder form.
Bottom line: The working mom in your life deserves an assistant.
6 – Apple Watch
Another item I absolutely lust over. The Apple Watch is perfect for women who carry a purse, especially a big one. My diaper bag is full of stuff, and I’d rather not sit there and dig through it to find my vibrating phone. With the Apple Watch, working moms can get messages while in meetings with a small vibration. They can see pics sent from daycare while walking down the hall, and get turn by turn directions on their wrist while driving – no more holding your big bulky phone, and no more rummaging though bags of dirty diapers to see what that text says.
7 – iPad
My iPad is my third child. She is the perfect mesh of my phone and my laptop. She does more than my phone, and just about everything my laptop does, but is easier to travel with. If I need to write for Dysfunctional Ever After or do serious work stuff on the go, my iPad is what I’m probably bringing. Even if I bring my laptop, I’ll probably still bring my iPad so I can play a show in the background while I work, or play something to entertain Temen. I can bring my iPad into meetings and take notes, use it as my electronic planner, read books on it, etc. It’s a must for anyone on the go.
Bottom line: Used for play, work, or Bravo, an iPad is easy to travel with and provides entertainment for the whole family.
8 – Clothing Steamer
Ryan, if you are reading this, I want a clothes steamer! Seriously, I’m not going to wake up, get Temen ready, get myself ready, find an outfit, and then IRON the outfit. Don’t be ridiculous. Half the time I’m not even actually going to get myself ready. But you know what helps you look put together even when you’re running on fumes? Wrinkle free clothing. So much easier than ironing, steaming your clothes will just add that extra touch to make you look like you actually have time to dedicate to yourself in the morning/care to spend that time getting ready rather than catching up on sleep.
Every time a battery dies, an angel loses its wings. You need a full phone battery because you’re a hot commodity. Be it your spouse, your work, your kid’s school/daycare, you need to be accessible because chances are you’re the answer to everyone’s problems. #momlife
Bottom line: Get this for the person you can’t afford to miss.
This goes along with the portable charger, because how is anyone supposed to keep track of the cable that goes with the portable battery pack? They’re not. That’s how they get ya. (Wink.) I’ve had battery packs before. Every single one has ended up in the electronic graveyard because there’s just no way I can keep the cord in a useful, consistent place. Do you want to know what’s useful and consistent? Having it on your keychain. You have it with you everywhere you go. Problem solved, you’re welcome. Plus they look cute.
11 – Planner
Being an adult with a life is the worst sometimes. Between work, daycare, doctor appointments, vacations (someone tell me what those are?), household responsibilities, blogging, and of course Bravo, there’s a lot to remember. And while I understand the appeal of having everything electronically – there’s something so satisfying about putting pen to paper and having everything physically in front of you to look at and arrange how you see fit. I use the Happy Planner and I wouldn’t have it any other way. The pages can easily be taken out/put back in, plus they have additional planner packs you can get, like the household planner. It’s not as useful for me as someone who doesn’t handle our household’s finances or chores, but I still like that I can have an overview of those items in my planner. Plus the Happy Planner has inspirational sayings sprinkled throughout it.
12 – Drybar Essentials
Self care takes a serious hit when you are working full time and have a child at home. Whether it’s the fact that there is less time to get everything done, or just the reality that priorities shift, what little pride I had in my appearance has taken a serious nose dive. Sorry, but I’m just being honest with you! So, I need hair products that are going to go the distance with me. I need products that are going to extend my hairstyle days. Yes, days. (Have I told you how I put my daughter to bed? I’m home at 5:30PM, in bed with her for the night at 7:00PM!) I’ve found that when I dry my hair with Drybar Southern Belle Mousse, and finish it off with some Triple Sec, I’m good to go for days. Top it off with some of their dry shampoo and do I really ever have to shower again? (Unfortunately, yes. Drybar can only go so far, at least for now.) Drybar usually has holiday gift sets on their website, Sephora, Ulta, or QVC during the holidays.
Bottom line: Help someone in your life feel better and look better for longer.