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Plus a Few Other Things I Find Helpful Being a Work at Home Mom
As a work at home mom there are definitely some products that stand out as being imperative to my sanity and ability to work from home productively, but there is one product I own that I love and now can’t imagine being without.
Ok, it’s a bit of a luxury must-have product, because of course I could easily still be a WAHM mom with a regular coffee maker, but when my husband surprised me with one as a Christmas present after my daughter was a year old, I couldn’t believe how much nicer it made mornings.
I no longer had to remember to set the coffee maker the night before (something that becomes annoying to do when you can barely see straight from sleep deprivation) and I could just stumble out of bed, push a button, and have a perfectly proportioned cup of coffee in two minutes.
- This is the Keurig coffee machine I have. Love it and that I don’t have to fill it up with water every time!
If I need a pick me up during the day, again, I can push a button and have a cup of coffee two minutes later. This has also saved me from falling asleep at naptime. I’ll lay down for two minutes…no, you know it won’t be just two minutes…go make a cup of coffee and get working. If it is a multi-step process of getting coffee beans in the coffee maker and filling it up with water, I would probably just say screw it and go lie down, but I can easily push a button, and then once I’m holding that steaming cup of coffee, it is much easier to convince myself not to nap.
- OMG, love this color. Maybe I need a Keurig for my bedroom, too? 😉
But aren’t those K-cups bad for the environment? You may be asking. I worried about this, too, when we were using the plastic pods, but then I discovered the San Francisco Bay Coffee Company brand, which sells “One Pod” cups that are plant-based renewable resources that work in most Keurig coffee machines. I buy them in bulk from Amazon or Costco, and they are are packaged in compostable bags.
You can also get a reusable pod for your Keurig and use ground coffee beans in it. I tried the reusable pod for a bit, but could never seem to get the grind right, and also, well, it kind of defeated the whole purpose of ease of use and convenience.
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Here are five other products and services that came in handy for me as a WAHM.
Baby Swing: My oldest daughter loved the swing and it also provided some rest time from holding her to let me get some work done.
- We have a Fisher-Price one similar to this one and like it.
Moby Wrap: This was vital to getting work done when Lulu was a newborn and now it is the only way I can get work done with DeeDee since she doesn’t like the swing. Both babies were/are content to be snuggled up in it against my chest and I then have both hands free to type away on my laptop.
- I have it in the leaf color always get lots of compliments on it when I wear it out of the house. (Tip: tie it around you before leaving the house — it’s so annoying to put on in public or in parking lots.)
Blue Apron: This meal service makes getting dinner on the table so much easier because for three nights out of the week, my husband and I don’t have to think about what we should be making. We also eat much healthier than we would without it, since before getting Blue Apron, there were usually multiple nights a week we couldn’t be bothered running to the store or figuring out what to cook and would order pizza or Jimmy Johns, or make macaroni and cheese.
Care.com: I used this service to find our nanny who comes a couple mornings each week. It’s not quite as simple and fast as they make it look in the commercials, but it ultimately got us connected with a caretaker who was the right fit for us.
Television / iPad: Oh no…screen time! But I mean, come on, sometimes you need an hour to finish up a project as a work at home mom or have to take a client call, and if you do your best to limit screen time during other times of the week, park that kid in front of the TV guilt-free and get your work done! At least, that’s my philosophy. Having a Netflix or Amazon Prime TV subscription comes in handy during these times. If you still feel guilty about it (as I often do), get outside for awhile. An hour or two outside seems to alleviate any feelings of lingering screen time guilt. Or just don’t feel guilty and trust you’re doing what’s right for your child, like this article suggests.
Are you a work at home mom? What products make your day easier?
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