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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?