Making Life Easier - a few favorite products
So many of you enjoyed my last making life easier post that I thought it would be helpful to share a few more of my favorite life hacks by telling you about some of the best products I've found.
Pillpack.com is one of my most favorite discoveries! Between me and my son, we have a lot of medication and OTC supplements that we take on a daily basis. I felt like I was ALWAYS at the pharmacy. I decided if I could eliminate most pharmacy visits from my life that it would give me some extra time and sanity. I also was excited to get rid of the dreaded weekly refill session where I would fill our daily pill organizers with the proper prescriptions. I felt like I was a pharmacist. I'm so happy with this service! Now they do all the sorting and labeling for me. My son can easily grab his medications at the proper time (we set alarms on our iphones for reminders).
It's not perfect - there are some limitations to be aware of. If you take a medication that varies in dose depending on what you need, they can't put those into packets. They will send that prescription to you in a pill bottle. I also would be very careful with these around small children. They might look more appealing to kids being in little packets. The packets are easy to open as well. And if you suddenly come up with a sinus infection and need an antibiotic, you will still want to visit your local pharmacy.
For regular medications though, I love Pillpack and it's so easy to communicate with the staff there if you need to make any changes. There have been a few times when I noticed my pack would arrive during a vacation so I just emailed them and asked them to adjust the send date. They have always been very helpful with any request I've had. I definitely recommend this service!
I have stainless steel appliances and a stainless steel table in my laundry room. I've tried all sorts of cleaners and cloths and never been super happy with any of them. I love this SimpleHuman Microfiber mitt! No need for cleaners and it works perfectly. You can even wash it (just don't use fabric softener). I've had my for a few years now and it still works as great as the first day I bought it. They are very inexpensive as an add-on item on amazon.
This is a tip I picked up from my daughter. She's serving a mission right now and she wears dresses and skirts almost every day. She does a lot of walking and in some areas of her mission she might ride a bike. She was worried about her skirt flying up since she's right in tornado country. She found these split slips and took them with her. I didn't think much of it until I have started wearing skirts a lot more this summer. They feel cooler and more comfortable to me. When I added a slip under them, it felt hot though so I decided to try one of these. I thought it might feel warmer than a regular slip, but it's actually very nice. We get a fair amount of wind here as well and I feel like I don't have to worry so much about accidentally flashing anyone if I'm more active. They come in nude, white, and black and are available in 2 different lengths. These are also nice as summer pajama bottoms. Another great find on amazon!
I have seen these Bear Paws on a few other blogs and decided to give them a try. They are an amazing tool for shredding meat! Great for roasts, chicken, pulled pork, and more. They are super sharp though so be careful. I keep mine stored inside a pyrex measuring cup so I don't reach and and grab them by mistake. And I have to try not to think about bears when I'm using these because it's kind of disturbing to realize there's a reason a very sharp and effective tool like this is named after a bear's paw.
A super big pet peeve of mine is dirty eyeglasses. I can't stand to look out of them and they aren't pleasant to see on other people either. Both my son and I wear glasses all the time. No matter how careful you are, they get smudgy. My son's get really smudgy. I keep a small supply of these wipes in various locations in our home and also some in my purse so we always have access to them. They are much more portable than a big microfiber cloth and a bottle of spray. They also help fight streaks. When I open up a wipe, I use it on both my own glasses and on Alex's as well. You have to work quickly because they do dry out after you open them. The box on amazon comes with 400 of these little guys so you won't need to order again for a very long time.
So how's that for random? It might seem like an odd collection, but every one of these products has really helped me in my life. Hopefully some of you will find them useful as well.