So I have a few go to items that, since becoming a mom, have helped make my life easier/better.
I am constantly in motion chasing around my three very active kids. I find that I don't drink enough water and always feel super dehydrated. However, since getting one of those plastic cups with the reusable plastic straw I find I can chug down a lot more water via the straw. So get a water bottle that works for you and hydrate up mommas!
I know some moms are all about having a large bag and I think I will be too once my kids are older and we can retire the diaper bag. However right now, I have a large Skip Hop diaper bag that I have packed with all of my "kidsentials." So I have no interest in carrying a large purse and having a large diaper bag. I have found that the crossbody option is great because it allows me to have free hands and doesn't slip off of my shoulder while I'm trying to wrangle my little ones through a store. This one from Nordstrom is a great neutral color for fall and is very inexpensive.
3. Dry Shampoo.
So I'm a big fan of showering, but unfortunately it doesn't always happen as frequently nor as leisurely, as it did pre children. Sometimes I have time to give the bod a quick wash, but washing my hair opens a whole new can of worms. So in comes dry shampoo. If you haven't tried it you should. Trust. Momsential.
4. Some good hats.
For the days the dry shampoo just isn't cutting it, I loove a good hat. I have certainly worn hats much more frequently now that I'm a mom.
It's a sponge; a super awesome sponge. It has enough of an abrasive texture to get the dried up food that is now stuck to the high chair and tray because Daddy, even though he's awesome and we love him, will clean the whole kitchen up, but always forgets the high chairs. Is it just my husband?! Can't be, right?! Anyhow, this sponge works fast and effectively and gets the job done. It's also great on pots and pans. You'll love it. Get some!
6. A crockpot
I plan on doing lots of posting about the crockpot and some fantastic recipes. I have always loved to cook, and love to eat even more, but no longer have the same kind of time or energy to spend standing at the stove or trying to distract the kids and keep them away so I can open the oven to check on the food. Don't get me wrong, I still cook using my stove top and oven, but I crockpot pretty stinking often and it's amazing. I throw everything in at some point in the morning and by dinner time BOOM, ready! And the house smells amazing all day (well smells like food which is my kind of amazing). On another note I am a clean eater a lot of the time so I have many clean crockpot recipes that are incredibly delicious. I'll have a separate post all about my love for the crockpot, but if you don't have one or do and don't use it, you seriously are missing out.
7. A good handheld garment steamer.
Truth be told I don't really wear all that many clothes these days that require ironing. However, I do still have some things and my husband definitely has a decent amount of work clothes that get wrinkly. But ironing? Ain't nobody got time for that... So the hubs found an awesome hand held portable steamer that gets the job done! Woohoo!
Yes, it was time to toss the good old Abercrombie sweats that had things written across the butt. Am I the only person who was still wearing these in 2013? Probably. So my prerequisites for a good mom athletic/leisure pant are that they need to A) Be comfortable (duh). B) High quality so that I can wash them often (I get dirty a lot, we are potty training over here!) C) Can be used to workout and don't end up see through during squats. D) Stylish, I'd like to wear them out and still look put together, as much as one can with 3 under 3. So my search led me to a brand called Zella. Scooped up several pairs during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I'm seriously in love. I'll probably be wearing them every single day. The black pair are so incredibly versatile you can use them as your leggings under sweaters and boots! The thickness, the texture, the feel of quality, ahhhhhh. And perhaps the best part (especially for the black pair), they have that tight woven athletic texture versus the softer Cotten kind so that they aren't dog hair magnets!!! I have an 80 pound short haired bulldog and his hair is EVERYWHERE. My Dyson is so abused by the vacuuming that takes place in my house. But the fact that I can sit on the floor with my kids and play in these leggings, do some Pilates in them while they nap, and still go to the store in the afternoon not looking like I am a veterinary assistant is truly amazing. Zella pants, I love you.
9. Comfortable Shoes
I could seriously do a whole post on this. I'll abbreviate as much as possible. A) Ok, let's start with a pair that's classic, stylish and appropriate for pretty much all seasons. White Converse Chuck Taylor's. Go on Pinterest check out the outfits - they are sooo cute, classic, and versatile. I purchased my pair at Kohls. B) Hunter Rain boots. I'm feeling a little old for, and honestly I'm kind of over, Uggs whereas Hunters I feel are more classic and equally practical. C) Chukka boots. New to my collection this year. I loooove them. I purchased a pair of Kate Spades at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and could not be more excited to have them in steady rotation. They are out of stock but THIS pair is very similar and very cute. D) Lastly, a good pair of ballet flats. My favorite pair that I own are a calf hair leopard print that I purchased at Banana Republic a few years back they are still my go-tos. I think leopard is in a way a neutral and looks great with denim, black, and military green. Here is a similar pair that I think are great!
10. The Green Robe
Last but certainly not least this robe is a staple in my life. I live in New England and I have a "frugal" husband who likes to keep the thermostat a little lower than preferred in our house, so even when I have my sweats on I often wear this robe as an extra layer around the house. Not to mention that it has shielded me from many a spit up, runny nose season, and more recently the every day mess of feeding everyone breakfast and packing lunch for school. I wear it loud and proud my friends, and it's nothing fancy but I rock the heck out of it and isn't that really what being fabulous is all about?