I love finding products that make mom-ing a little easier so I can focus on what really counts – connecting, nurturing, and raising my little arrows (Psalm 127:4).
Motherhood is wonderful, and I enjoy caring for my family. I love cooking wholesome foods that nourish our bodies, and I’ve even come to love taking care of the house and keeping it a tidy place to rest and recharge.
But all the demands of motherhood can be tough, and most of us keep our plates pretty full. It can be difficult to take care of everyone (and ourselves!) and do everything we need to do.
That’s why I’ve put together this list of my favorite “must-have” tools for moms. These are all my favorite things that I have personally used and loved and that help me do what I need to do! They help me save time, money, and/or energy, and allow me to focus on the minds, hearts, and bodies that God has entrusted into my care.
Take a peek, enjoy the list, and let me know if you have any further questions!
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I have the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and absolutely love it. It’s a blender, food processor, and personal smoothie maker all-in-one. I use the food processor for sooooo many things – pureeing, chopping, slicing, shredding, dressings, sauces, nut butter, dough, bread crumbs, and much more. If nothing else, the shredder attachment is worth its weight in gold for a busy mom who likes to cook from scratch.
Oh Instant Pot, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Ladies, this thing is awesome. I don’t regret buying it for a second! I don’t even put it away between uses, I use it that often. Beans, Oatmeal, Rice, Meat, Casseroles, Breakfast, Vegetables … you name it, it does it (almost)! Read my Instant Pot review post for more information and some really handy tips.
If you’re not on board with the Instant Pot (although I just can’t imagine that), at least get yourself a programmable slow cooker. Being able to set a time and have it automatically switch to the warm setting is wonderful!
I make all our bread, buns, and rolls from scratch, so my bread machine is a godsend. I use it to make the dough (with first rise), then shape and bake the items in the oven. Doing it this way produces bread that is nearly as good as doing it by hand, but MUCH more convenient.
A stand mixer is a hefty investment, not gonna lie, but so worth it. It makes mixing up dough and batter a breeze. It’s also awesome for beating egg whites for meringues.
Here are a few things I use my stand mixer for: cookies, quick breads & muffins, shredding chicken, meatballs & meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and frosting.
If you’ve never used a mandoline before, you won’t believe how easy it makes slicing and julienning. In just a few seconds you can have a pile of evenly-sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, potatoes, apples, peppers, or anything else you need to slice. I especially love it during pickling season!
These are miracle blankets, I tell you! They are the only thing that got us through the newborn phase with any shred of sanity left. Read more about them HERE.
You will definitely want some kind of baby carrier to allow you to carry baby hands-free. We went with an Ergobaby (I also got a Baby K’tan), and have gotten our money’s worth out of it! We use it for grocery shopping, walks, parties and gatherings, and all kinds of outings.
I make all my own baby food, and this allows me to do it without spending a ton of time or energy. I really do recommend it if you’re wanting to make your own baby food. It’s size is much better suited for batches of baby food than a regular blender, and the bullet containers, freezer tray, and nutritional guide are extremely helpful.
This high chair has worked very well for us, because it provides so many options and flexibility. The high chair has several different positions and heights, and the removable booster seat adds a second seating option. I LOVE multi-use convertible products, and this chair will provide seating from infancy up through preschool age.
We got a Bumbo when our first baby was born, and neither of our kids have liked it. When our second was just a few months old, we got one of these floor seats for Christmas, and it has been a much better solution. There’s more support, he seems more comfortable, and it accommodates a larger range of sizes. I put him in there while I cook dinner, and it keeps him happy and occupied the whole time. It was so nice to find a solution to juggling cooking and taking care of a crying baby!
This shelving unit has worked great for corralling the boy’s toys in the living room. Now the toys are in a convenient location for playing together as a family, but they still have a tidy appearance that makes me a much calmer momma. 🙂 Using bins and baskets makes picking up even easier for my toddler, which means less nagging for me!
This is the only item on this list that I don’t personally own, but my mom has it at her house, and my toddler LOVES playing with it when he’s there (which he is often). I love it because it uses his imagination and creativity, and she loves it because it is mess-free. Win-win-win!
Of allllll the thousands of toys that are available for kids these days, my favorites are the good old fashioned low-tech building toys. I love them so much, I wrote an entire post about why I think they make the best toys. Learn about my reasoning and check out a few of our favorite ones!
Health & Fitness
I have been learning a lot lately about the ugliness of processed food and how to switch to a whole-food lifestyle. These cookbooks from Lisa Leake of 100 Days of Real Food have been so helpful as I figure out this new way of cooking and eating.
Who has the time or inclination to drive to a gym every day to work out? I know ladies who love it, but I am not one of them! I’m much more likely to work out in the convenience, comfort, and privacy of my own home. Check out this post for my all-time favorite workouts for busy moms!
This thing, hands down, is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I was so sick and tired of feeling crumbs and dirt under my feet, and my husband didn’t enjoy coming home to dirty floors, but I just couldn’t keep up with the vacuuming! Not with a large dog and living in the country.
The Roomba has been a total game-changer for our house. We have clean floors every. single. day (which is good since we have another crawler on our hands!), and I don’t have to be the one to clean them. Score!
Read my full review, as well as some helpful tips, HERE.
I love Mrs. Meyers cleaning products. They’re made of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils, so they’re better for your family and the environment. Plus they smell Ah-MAZING!
Norwex Cleaning Cloths
As much as I love my Mrs. Meyers products, the Enviro Cloth from Norwex is pretty darn amazing. It picks up everything, removes stuck-on and set-in spots like you wouldn’t believe, and doesn’t require the use of any cleaning products. I was skeptical at first, but it’s the real deal, and I love it. Ask around to find a Norwex dealer in your area.
I am NOT a scrapbooker by any means (tried it, got the materials, have a bin of unused supplies under the bed), but I’m totally in love with the idea of them. They’re a wonderful way to preserve memories, and I’m always in awe of people’s finished products. I just haven’t ever been able to create them.
Until I discovered Shutterfly photo books. Shutterfly makes it easy to design attractive meaningful scrapbooks. No papers, stickers, or stamps needed, and the templates enable even the most hopeless scrapbooking-wannabes (like me) produce beautiful treasured keepsakes. I made one for Aidan’s first year that has all my favorite pictures and important milestones it it.
Nowadays, when all our pictures are stored on computers and phones, and no one prints pictures anymore, these photo books offer a fun, effortless alternative to the old photo albums and scrapbooks.