I Am Thankful for My 11 Favorite Things…That Make Life Easier

There isn’t anything fancy about the things that make my life easier. They are simple and might even seem silly. But with 4 children and all that goes with being a wife and mother and running a family, anything that makes life easier, is VERY IMPORTANT to me and I am very thankful for it. I hope these products will make your life easier too. 

Honey Maid Graham Cracker Lil’Squares

We have been feeding our children Graham Crackers since they were little. They dissolve easily in their mouths and are perfect for beginning eaters. I am always breaking them into little pieces for our kids until they get bigger. There is always some crumbling when you break them up. And even more crumbling when my husband tries to break them up, and he accidentally turns them into dust. Imagine my excitement when Nabisco came out with their new Lil’Squares. They are the perfect size for new eaters. No more needing to break them apart. You don’t have to be little to like them. They are the perfect snack for anyone.

GoGo Squeez-Fast Fruit

Our children love applesauce. It is one of their favorite foods. Our babies eat them when they are starting solids and our bigger kids love applesauce for a snack. Imagine our excitement to find that now their favorite treat can be taken with us. When the kids are hungry in the car, applesauce in a bowl with spoons, is not very practical. With the GoGo Squeeze I can throw them in my bag, or in the car and take them where ever we go. Our 16 month old can hold one herself and suck the applesauce right out of the container. Plus, if kids don’t finish it all at once, you can put the top back on and save it for later. GoGo Squeeze comes in lots of different apple combinations. Our kids favorite is the apple apple with cinnamon and the apple strawberry. GoGo Squeez is natural, BPA free packaging, no high fructose corn sugar, no added colors of flavors. Not only are they fun, but they are good for you too.

Bare Escentuals-Mineral Foundation

I am not a huge fan of makeup. I didn’t even own any makeup until I was in college. Besides that, I don’t really have any time to spend putting it on, even if I wanted too. My morning face routine has to be quick and easy. Less than 5 minutes. Years ago I decided to try Bare Minerals. The company had just started and I was introduced to them while nursing our baby in the middle of the night. The only thing on TV was the home shopping network, and I would often turn it on so the house wasn’t quite so lonesome. I had never ordered anything off of the channel, and I never have since, but I am really glad they sold me that night. Bare Minerals is the best makeup I have ever used. You don’t look like you are wearing makeup at all. Your skin looks clean and beautiful without looking like you caked on the makeup. The best part is that it smooths out imperfections and redness without looking like you have coverup or a foundation on. I only use Bare Minerals on my face. My skin is healthier and my complexion even better. Bonus, it is so natural, you don’t have to wash it off at night when you go to sleep.



Lady Speed Stick Invisible Dry

Pretty sure I have tried every single deodorant made. They all make big empty promises. Especially when it comes to leaving white streaks on my black clothes. One day while at the dollar store, picking up some paper goods for our little girls birthday party, I realized I was out of deodorant and decided to try the Lade Speed Stick. What a great decision. It has made my life much easier. I don’t have to worry about it leaving streaks on my clothes anymore.

WaterPik Complete Care

Everything about this toothbrush makes life easier. It comes with different tips, so my husband and I can each have our own. It also comes with the original waterpik tip. All the tips can be kept right with the machine. We love it.

BPA Free Tumbler with Straw

For Mothers Day last year my husband gave me one of these tumblers with a straw. It only took one use to love it. The straw has a stopper so it can’t be pulled out. I can take them anywhere I go. And I have found that I drink a lot more water everyday. Something about them makes drinking water more fun.


With little time to get ready each day, I am always looking for time savers. I need and want to look put together but that has to be done quick and easy. About 6 months ago I found these bracelets from LimeGreenLemon, on etsy. They are made from old teeshirts and the craftsmanship is beautiful. I own them in every color offered. :) I am able to throw one or two, or three on each day and look like I have accessorized, with hardly any effort. I get compliments on them every time I wear them.

Chef’n Sudster Wand Brush

Over the last 11 and a half years of marriage, my husband and I have tried a million different scrub brushes to use with the dishes. They always leak. I would fill them with soap, only to come back later and find them sitting in a pile of leaked soap. Not any more. We have been using the Chef’n Sudster Wand for the last few years and it has never leaked once. The brush is great and you can exchange the heads from a brush to a sponge if you want. I do a lot of dishes, this makes the chore much easier.

Sharpie Pen-Fine Point

I love pens. I always have. I have more than I would like to admit. I love them in sets and all colors and tip sizes. I am always doodling, helping with homework, grading students papers, and even writing on calendars and journaling. I always have a pen in my possession. There are many that I love, with Sharpie pens being at the top of the list. Everything you love about a Sharpie, in a pen that doesn’t bleed through paper.

  • Won’t bleed through paper and won’t smear
  • Durable fine point tip delivers precise and consistent writing with minimal effort
  • Use it for taking notes, journaling, writing letters, making cards and more
  • AP certified non-toxic ink is waterproof and smear and fade resistant
  • Archival quality and acid-free ink for office and school work
  • Available in a 10 bold colors
I have the Sharpie pens in every color. :)

VeryJane and Groopdealz

Every month someone seems to have a birthday or special occasion. I like to do something special for the people in our lives we care about and love, but it can’t be expensive. A year or so ago I found VeryJane and Groopdealz. They are deal sites that sell boutique quality items for un.be.leiv.able prices. They deals are great and enable me to find special and unique gifts for friends and family without spending a fraction of the cost. Things for new babies, anniversaries, birthdays, and just because. They have made my gift giving so much easier. Sign up for their email updates and you get notices each day about what is being offered. Just be careful, you will quickly be hooked.


Halftees are the best addition I have made to my wardrobe in years. I have tons of undershirts, and they are good, but have been boxed up and stored away. Halftee takes things to a whole new level. Halftees look just like the picture above. They are a half shirt that helps make your outfits more modest, without adding more bulk. Especially with dresses. In the past I would wear dresses with undershirts and the shirts would always ride up. They would bunch and look and feel uncomfortable. Not any more. The halftee is the perfect solution, especially with dresses. You will want one in every color. They wash really well and make getting ready everyday, much easier.

I am thankful for things that make my life easier. I am also thankful for my husband, our children, and my religion. Happy November!


  1. 1
    Jessica Beard says:

    All these are great items. I also love sharpies and graham crackers. I need to make my own top list.

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    These are great I love graham crackers, and the sharpie fine point are my favorite. I need to get the waterpik complete care

  3. 3

    i lovvve graham crackers! this is a cute post, thanks for sharing!

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    Christine says:

    There are certain snack foods that are staples in my house. Graham Crackers are one of those things. While I will sometimes buy generic brands to save money, my family really likes the Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers best so this is what I try to buy most often.

  5. 5

    I carry a water bottle all the time….I’m sure I didn’t drink enough water before.

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    This is a great list. We all have our regulars that we have all of the time, probably without even realizing it. I too include graham crackers on my unwritten list. We love them. It seems it is the popular item with the other comments as well. Good choice! =)

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