7 things that are saving my life right now

7 things that are saving my life right now

7 things that are saving my life right now

I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy to share the things that are saving my life right now. 

Even though I truly do love these days with littles in the house again, it’s definitely not the easiest stage of life as we balance the needs of our big girls, Sean starting a new business, homeschooling, and my work along with a toddler and a baby. I’m not doing it ALL by any stretch, and we’re definitely still in a bit of survival mode, but these are the things saving my life in these fleeting days:

The Ninja Coffee Bar

I first started drinking coffee on a regular basis when our youngest daughter was a {very colicky} baby, and it’s been a daily habit ever since. I used a Keurig for a long time, but I grew tired of the k-cups and worrying about clogging and/or bacteria. Since then, I’ve rotated between a stovetop espresso pot, a french press, and a Chemex, with a regular coffee pot for guests.

Just before Christmas, though, I saw a commercial for The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer. I’m a huge fan of Ninja products—with the Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System being one of my favorite small appliances—and I put it on my birthday wishlist. But when I got some unexpected Christmas money, we ended up buying it early during a Target sale. We have used it every single day since then {preferring the specialty brew setting for now, although I think the iced coffee will become my summer favorite}, and my girls enjoy making them as well.

I still have my specialty makers {although I did sell my regular coffee pot}, but the Ninja is definitely my favorite.

And half-caff coffee

My parents make their coffee with equal parts regular and decaf, and I’ve started doing the same, which lets me drink an extra cup {one in the morning and one midday} without upping my total caffeine intake. It’s also helped cut down on my caffeine highs and lows during the day since I’m spreading it out throughout the day.

7 things that are saving my life right now

Assigned meal preparation days

For 2016 we’ve started assigning meal preparation to the two big girls. They each make breakfast one day a week and dinner on another. While they can’t do everything by themselves, they have a few recipes they’ve mastered, and we work on new skills on the other days.

It’s been a great way to get one-on-one time with them, have them practice cooking regularly, and take some off the burden of cooking off me. If  I play my cards right, I just might have a small window when I can give all six kids an assigned breakfast and dinner and work myself right out of a job!

My new rocking chair

Speaking of six kids, I’ve wanted a rocking chair since we left our first nursery—and the hammock chair we got in Mexico—behind in Utah. We’ve never gotten one for various reasons, but I finally ordered this rocking chair a couple of weeks ago, and it was delivered just after the blizzard. I love the foot rest (and that it still rocks with it up) and my husband loves the modern design. I just can’t believe I waited so long to get one!

7 things that are saving my life right now

Spiral notebook checklists

We’re back into a regular routine of using spiral notebooks for the girls’ checklists of daily schoolwork and chores, and everything runs so much more smoothly with these in place. I was writing them each morning for the day ahead, but with the added complication of a new baby in the house I’ve started doing them at night so that they’re ready when the girls get up. Adding an activity at the bottom has been a fun way to see a bit of their creativity each day.


If you’re a Mac user, you need the Alfred App. I know I’m not even using it to its full potential, but I love that I have system commands, internet searches, and a calculator right at my fingertips (literally, I pull it up with two clicks of the command button), and the clipboard is the best of any I’ve tried on the Mac.

Holding my plans with a loose hand

Last week I was talking to a fellow work-at-home mom with a baby and a toddler about schedules and trying to get things done. What I realized is that while I’ve given up all of my boundaries around work hours and family time right now, I’m actually less stressed than I’ve been in the past because it allows me to break from work when I need to to meet the boys’ needs or help the girls with homeschooling. Yes, it means there are a couple nights a week where I’m working super late, and I’m working seven days a week right now, but letting go of my desire for defined work hours has made a huge difference in my sanity this time around.


What’s saving your life right now?

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  1. I’m totally checking out your links for the Ninja Coffee Bar (because I’m frustrated with my Keurig and love my new Ninja Pro that I got for Christmas) and the rocking chair (because baby is due in less than 12 weeks and the glider I used for the previous three is no longer ours).

    Loving these “what’s saving my life” posts… think I might need to throw one up today! 🙂

  2. i LOVE the look of that rocking chair. i’m pregnant with our first and we have been debating about a rocking chair. the gliders are comfy but SO ugly. we already have a vintage arm chair that rocks but there isn’t a footrest or any neck/head support so i can see it being uncomfortable in the middle of the night. i think this might be a great option for us- thanks!

  3. I “second” the “half-caf” for coffee! (um, does “seconding” a “half” make it a “whole”? I digress…) I learned that trick when I was pregnant and my doctor told me to cut back on caffeine. I just love a good cup of coffee (or ahem, three) in the morning, and going half-caf has meant that I can enjoy the warm routine of it without getting myself a little too worked up 🙂

  4. Hi! I love your blog!! 🙂 When you say “Work,” are you a full-time blogger or do you also freelance write?! Props to you!! It is NOT easy working from home with little ones! I currently work full-time (part of the time is in the office and my kids (ages 3 and 2) go to daycare and the other part of the time they are home with me!) and it’s WAY easier to work on the days I’m in the office haha! My ultimate goal though is to boost my blog/freelance income so I can focus on that. If we want babies in the future (which we do), I want to be home with them!! Thanks for the encouragement!! Praying for a good night’s rest for you tonight 🙂

    -Sarah http://www.coffeetalkformamas.com // http://www.thefrugalmillionaireblog.com

  5. Hi Sarah! I used to be a full-time blogger, but last year I took on the position of Director of Strategic Relationships for Ultimate Bundles, so that plus blogging part time add up to full time now!

    Good luck as you continue to grow your business. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it! (Although I do dream of a nanny every now and then. 🙂 )

  6. As a warning, the back support is fairly solid, not soft and cushy, which surprised me when we first put it together. But I still find it really comfy!

  7. If you have to choose between the two, go for the coffee bar, LOL—it’s so much fun!

  8. Love your list. Especially resonating with the last one (for better or worse). Off to check out Alfred now. 🙂

  9. I love the doodle assignments!! I also love the idea of holding on to plans with a loose hand. I’ve taken on this method and have found it so freeing.

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