1. The Wet Brush. It has changed our lives. Everything you have ever seen on TV about how amazing it is to have a daughter with long, lovely hair who will sit quietly while you play with it and brush it and braid it with pretty bows is A LIE. At least when it comes to my wild girl. At least until she gets old enough to actually care anyway. Katie's hair is always a mess. And it's not because I don't try, people! I TRY! The girl barely lets me brush her hair, much less sits still long enough for me to figure out how to braid it or anything fun like that. And it wouldn't even matter since she DESTROYS her hair, either intentionally or just through living her life to the FULLEST, within minutes (seconds!) of being done. So anyway, her hair is thick and beautiful and the BANE of my existence. And until we found the Wet Brush, I pretty much had to beg and threaten and pin the girl down in order to at least brush out the tangles. But this miraculous brush has these lovely wiggly bristles that tug out the tangles but give before they pull too hard. Praise the Lord for the Wet Brush. Katie no longer fusses that I'm hurting her and actually sits still long enough to get the job done. Barely. So, you know, it may be a mess, but at least it doesn't look like the rat nest that she wakes up with.
2. The Today show had a segment about carpets a few months ago. Not that I watched it. We don't watch anything of actual interest to grown ups when the littles are around. But I read about it on Facebook. So anyway, the carpet expert said that people vacuum their carpets too quickly and that it should take like 10 minutes to vacuum a room. But who has time to do that?! I don't have an hour to vacuum! But I did slow down a little and people, the carpet dude was right. It made a difference. He also said that, if you have a carpet cleaner (which I do because 4 kids and 2 dogs, hello) not to use carpet detergent because that leaves residue in the carpet which attracts dirt and you end up with carpets that are actually dirtier. Isn't that just so infuriating?! But once again, carpet dude was right. I wondered why my carpets were always so dirty when I clean them rather often. He said to just use water, and if you felt you needed to, just a drop of Dawn dish soap. So that's what I've been doing and it is AMAZING the difference. And so much cheaper than the detergent.
3. Speaking of cheap. If you don't have the Hip2Save app on your phone, you're missing out. This woman has couponing and scouting out bargains down to a science. I can't even tell you how much money she's saved our family at this point. I'm not the best at couponing. But when she points out an online bargain, I can sure click "Purchase." She also has a Facebook page and website (Hip2Save.com)
4. I turned 35 this summer. Which kind of just blows my mind because I feel like I never outgrew my twenties (until I'm actually around 20-somethings however, and then I'm like, oh yeah, I'm definitely in my 30s). Anyway, in addition to not being 20, I've also weathered 4 full-term pregnancies and been mothering all these little people, playing outdoors, getting no sleep, showering a bit on the sparse side. All this to say, I wasn't looking as fresh-faced as I used to. So I decided it was time to start taking care of my skin. I had quite a few friends selling Rodan and Fields skincare and the before/after pictures they were posting on Facebook were shocking. I especially was attracted to the REVERSE regimen, which treats sun-damage and dark spots. After 6 summers chasing my boys around outdoors, I had permanent brown spots along the border of my sunglasses on my cheeks and forehead. So I decided to try it! And after hearing about how much success they were having and how fun it was selling it, I thought I might as well jump in with both feet and become a Consultant too (and get the consultant's discount!). So I did! And it IS fun having a business of my own to think about and a paycheck to earn. I've spent a bunch of years now doing the important work of staying home to raise my kids, but it feels pretty monotonous and thankless and menial much of the time. So, I'm relishing the feeling of having a venture of my own. Especially one that allows me to help people while also contributing financially to my family. And I know I will be successful even though I don't have a ton of free time right now and I'm not a hardcore go-getter. The products are amazing and sell themselves. All I have to do is tell people about them really. And I can do that! Especially when I get awesome results like this to brag about. This is my before/1 month/2 months afters.
So this is a two-fold "thing I love" because, not to brag, but my skin looks amazing and it makes me feel beautiful. And really, who doesn't want to feel that way?! AND I have an occupation again, a purpose beyond taking care of my kids. That's something I didn't realize I would miss nearly as much as I have. And even better, I get to work on my own terms, in my own time, and set my own expectations. It's a great fit for where I am in my life right now and hopefully it will grow with me as I'm able to invest more of myself in this business. But whatever happens, I'll have great skin!