If only my new role as a SAHM came with all these goodies at orientation, my job may be slightly more fabulous. But there was no orientation and I've already got my own janky version of each of these reco's. Hopefully though, after Birthday & Christmas, I'll have a few more "tools" for success. So consider this my wishlist (and what every SAHM should already have):
1. THE DAY DESIGNER. It's easy to forget what day of the week it is when you're a SAHM, so I would suggest that every Mama get a planner to help stay organized. And this "Day Designer" is SO much more than a planner. There are special sections for meal planning, payment reminders, & goal planning. The $55 price tag seems steep, but if you broke it down by cost per use, is 15 cents a day worth staying organized (and fabulously so, I might add)?
2. The SAHM Notepad from Harper Gray. If you're like me, then you already keep an ongoing list similar to this. Except it's on a crumpled legal pad that your 2 yr. old scribbled all over. $14.
3. LIFEFACTORY GLASS WATER BOTTLE. Does any other SAHM out there fail to stay well hydrated through the day? We take care of our littles, but we need to take care of ourselves too;) Glass is best & a fancy bottle may motivate one to drink more aqua. $20-26.
4. BETTER LIFE BAG. Confession: I hate lugging around a diaper bag. I usually just pack an over-sized purse or canvas tote with kiddie essentials. Why not do it in style (while also supporting a great mission)? These bags are fully customize-able and handmade in Detroit, MI by underprivileged women. I'll take two.
5. YOGA PANTS. But not just any yoga pants. "The Most Loved Yoga Pant" from Victoria Secret. And as of 10/17/13, they are 2 for $55 on the website. You're welcome.
6. A CUTE PAIR OF EARRINGS. Because even if you look like a hot mess, a cute pair of stud earrings will give the appearance that you actually care. I got this pair of Kate Spade ones from Zappos. $38.
7. AUDIOBOOKS. Never stop learning, Mama's. Plus, it's nice to hear the voice of another adult in the midst of a day spent reasoning with a toddler. Currently, I'm listening to the Bible (how else do you think I am getting through my Bible-in-a-year readings?) when I'm washing dishes.
Here's a guide to get you started on audiobooks. Or a list of 16 Audiobooks Read By A-List Celebrities (because most ladies I know would pay to hear Johnny Depp read the phone book - can I get an amen?).
8. DRY SHAMPOO. But the jury is still out on the best one on the market. Any recommendations?
Is there anything else that should be added to this list? Anything that would make life as a SAHM more simple/ efficient?