A deep dive into what I use to make the labors of motherhood just a little easier every day. 


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Convenience

I don't know what mothers used to do when there wasn't Amazon Prime. To be able to get your necessities delivered to your house in two days is something that I could not pass up ever again. Amazon has the biggest selection of products that moms swear by and they are literally at your finger tips in 2 days if you have Amazon Prime. You can sign up for a free 30 day trial to see if you love all of the awesome features just like I do. 

I signed up for Amazon family as soon as I had my first baby. With Amazon family, you get 20% of diaper subscriptions, exclusive coupons and deals on products you already buy, and you get Amazon Prime benefits as well. You can sign up for a free trial here

I use Alexa for things like "put diapers on my shopping list", "play baby shark", and "where's my stuff?". Yes, "where's my stuff" is a thing. When you place an order on Amazon, you can ask Alexa to track your package for you. I use Alexa for so many things. It's just one of the most convenient new things in my life that I highly recommend for busy moms with her hands full or covered in jelly.  

Groceries deliverd to your door in two hours or less. Need I say more? If you haven't planned ahead for dinner tonight, you can hop on instacart real quick, throw the ingredients that you need for your favorite dish in your cart and have them at your house by dinner time. With a toddler and a new baby on my hip, going to the grocery store is getting harder and harder. Thankfully, all of my favorite stores (including Costco) participate in instacart! 

Hello Fresh

I'll be honest with you. I have tried all of the meal delivery services. I'm going to tell you a little secret...they are all the same! They might have little differences here or there but overall, the idea is the same with all of them. Get the deals where you ca and don't feel like you have to be loyal to just one! I recommend a meal delivery service here and there to help you keep up with dinner time. I don't do it on a reular basis, but occasionally it is nice to have. 

I seriously love bump boxes! If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, start looking into Bump Boxes ASAP. While pregnant, I got a special little box every month delivered striaght to my door full of fun and useful pregnancy products such as nipple cream, stretch mark cream, a water bottle, socks, etc. The list goes on! Treat yourself for once, you know?

Bluum boxes have the same concept as Bump Boxes but for babies! They come delivered to your door each month with little gifts for your little guy or girl. The items in each box are always developmentally appropriate for the age of your child. It's so nice to get things in the mail that will assist your baby in growth and development without even having to think about it. 


Making Memories

I use shutterfly for everything. I started creating yearly "Family Yearbooks" even before my husband and I got married. We have little albums full of our favorite photos from each year sitting on our entertainment center. And then, of course, we also make separate books for big moments like our wedding, my son's first year, and big vacations. It's so nice to customize your own photobook and have it send to your door beauifully made. Get a free 8x8 photobook by using this link. 


$ Savings $

You guys. If you haven't discovered Ebates yet, please, do yourself a huge favor and listen up. Ebates (recently changed their name to Rakuten) is an amazing online program that allows you to earn CASH just by shopping online. No loopholes, no gimmicks, no strings attached. All you have to do is sign up for a free account, shop at your favorite stores ( such as Macy's, Kohls, Ulta, Buy Buy Baby, Carter's, Walmart, I can go on forever), and collect the cash back checks. That's it. I've earned hundreds of dollars using Ebates just by shopping online. It's rediculous. Check it out here. 

Swagbucks is super similar to Ebates with a little bit of a twist. With Swagbucks, you can earn gift cards to some of your favorite places inluding Amazon (hallelujah!) by shopping online, watching videos, taking surveys, etc. It's SO EASY to earn points with Swagbucks. You can literally make money while you sit in the drive-thru line at Starbucks. See if it's right for your wallet by clicking here!

Alright, so obviously I love earning money by shopping for the things that I'm already buying anyway, right? Well, with ibotta, you can get cash back by shopping IN STORES and not only online. Score! All you have to do is hop on the free ibotta app on your phone, find the products that you're already shopping for, purchase them in-store, and then scan your receipt on the app! Ibotta will deposite your cashback into your ibotta account within 48 hours. Super simple, right?! See what I'm talking about here

If you don't have a Target Red Card...why? I ONLY use my Target Red Card if I am shopping at Target or at Target.com. I refuse to shop without getting my 5% discount! Seriously, though, most credict cards out there offer 1-3% cash back on certain things. The Target card gives you a whopping 5% on everything you buy at Target! It's a no brainer. Plus, if you don't like the idea of credit, you can get the same benefits with a Target debit card. It's one card that is a MUST HAVE for any target-addicted mom like me. 


Organization

The Cozi Family Organizer is an app on your phone that makes it super-simple to keep evertying organized and updated for you and your spouse. It helps me coordinate our schedules and activities, keep track of my grocery lists, keep up with my to-do lists and even plan ahead for dinner. The best part is, it is shared between you and anyone else in your family that you want to add! Having a family calendar like this is really important for me because of my and my husband's fluctuating schedules. With Cozi, it's easy to see what is happening and where we will be each day. 


Health

I use Simply Earth Essential Oils because it is important to me to keep my home and my family healthy. Simply Earth promises 100% purity in all of their oils. So, their purity is impecable...but what else? With their subscription, they send you an adorable monthly box with new oils and recipes that you can use in new and exciting ways! Try it out here. You can use my code HEATHER40FREE to get a $40 gift card with your subscription! 

This is a big one, guys. I use Plexus EVERY DAY. Every. Single. Day. I don't know what I would do without it. Why is it so important for moms? Well, because Plexus is a health product with a focus on every aspect of your health and happiness. Plexus products promote better digestive health which in turn promotes better mental and physical health. Their products are non-GMO, 100% vegetarian, and gluten free. Don't hesitate to email me about Plexus if you have any questions about their products!

I use prenatal vitamins even when I'm not pregnant. It's important to prepare for possible pregnancy long before you actually start trying to get pregnant. For that reason, as long as I am in my child-bearing years, I will be taking prenatal vitamins. These one's are my new favorites. I took them throughout my pregnancy with my second son, Elliot and I really felt like they were better than the rest. Remember that sometimes one supplement just isn't going to cut it for your entire pregnancy or breastfeeding journey, though. Make sure you educate yourself about what supplements you need and why. I take this pregnatal vitamin with this DHA supplement to make sure I'm giving my baby the best. 


Pregnancy & Labor

If you're pregnant, you should be looking into taking a prenatal course! I don't care if this is your first or fifth baby, sometimes a little extra preparation is all you need to have the birth you really want. There are a number of prenatal birth courses out there, but this one is my favorite. I took it before my second birth and ended up with exactly the unmedicated birth that I hoped for. 

Every pregnancy deserves to be remembered and cherished forever. The time in our life that we are pregnant is so short. It's important to record, document, and keep the memories of your pregnancy in a physical way. This Pregnancy Journal and Planner will allow you to do that while also keeping you organized and on top of things throughout every trimester. 

Coming straight from this labor and delivery nurse, girl, you need to prepare yourself for the labor and birth process. Even after you have taken a prenatal birth course, you will still need to get yourself organized and prepare for the real thing. This Labor and Birth Workbook is going to help you and your partner prepare for the big day and then document the special moments afterwards. 

Every mother-to-be needs a birth plan. Whether you intend to use it just between you and your partner or you plan to hand it over to your labor team, it is something that needs to be discussed and gone over a time or two. Use this Customizable Birth Plan to create the birth plan that will help you achieve the birth that you desire. 

I used to think that registering for your baby shower in a physical store was the way to go because of the scanner gun you get to play with. Um. No. Amazon Baby Registry is the only way to do a baby registry. Seriously, there is no comparison. You can add items from anywhere on the internet. Yes, anywhere. Plus, Amazon has most of what you want and need for your new baby anyway. The benefits of the Amazon Baby Registry goes on forever. If you have questions, just ask. Otherwise, this section will be three pages long. 


Baby Gear

I discovered Project Nursery after I had my first son. They have some of the cutest nursery stuff for your baby! From sheets and blankets, to onesies and pacifiers, they have it all. But it's not just the baby registry stuff that you'll fall in love with. Project nursery also has furniture and decor for your nursery as well!

PatPat has some of the sweetest clothes for your family. From newborn to mama, they have something for everyone in the family. I always buy our matching Christmas PJs through PatPat because they have the best matching outfits for parents and their little ones (holiday or not). 

I love swaddles! Seriously, after I had my second son, I counted all of the swaddles that I had put in his dresser...I have 15 swaddles! For one baby?! Yes. I don't know why I love them so much. I guess it's because they help my babies sleep. Anyway, this is one of my favorites. 

This is another one of my favorite swaddles!

I could go on and on about how much I love the Doc A Tot. This could be a whole page in and of itself. We finally found the Doc A Tot after a few fussy months with my first born. We loved it so much that we decided that we would use it immediately with our second. So far, our newborn second son is loving sleeping in the Doc A Tot every day. 

Another place that I love to shop for baby products is The Baby Cubby. They have some of the best products from feeding and diapering to carseats and breast pumps. If you are registering for your baby shower or stocking up on someessentials, make sure you check it out. 

You guys. The Binzy Baby is a LIFE SAVER. Have you tried to go grocery shopping with an infant carrier in the cart? It's nearly impossible. Grocery shopping with baby in your sling isn't so easy either. Instead, use the Binxy Baby Cart Hammock to safely lie your baby in the cart so that all of your groceries can still fit in the cart below. This product is genius and you need one ASAP!

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