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Well the year is barely underneath us, but I thought I’d share with you some of the things that have made my favorite things list this year (and before all of my favorites are consumed by baby items):
–elliptical machine: Once I became pregnant, I no longer felt safe doing cardio runs (but that may not apply to you, check with your doctor, everyone is different). I decided to take a plunge and invest in this elliptical machine.
I purchased mine from Amazon (prime member = free shipping) and have been extremely happy with it. I love it for a few reasons: it doesn’t take up much room, it is easy to “hide”, it is relatively cheap for exercise equipment, and considering the weather we’ve had this winter/spring, I’ve used it nearly everyday and it is still working great! The only thing I miss is that you cannot change the incline but you are able to adjust the tension as you need too. This was definitely $100 well spent.
–handheld Dyson vac: N surprised me with this for Christmas. And it actually was a good surprise because I’d been wanting one for a long time and he gave me a few other really nice gifts too–so it wasn’t like “oh you got a vacuum for Christmas?”
This has been a delight to use (as much as you can say that about a piece of cleaning equipment). It charges on the wall when not in use and runs for 20 minutes fully charged. It comes with three different attachments and I use them all pretty consistently, especially considering 75% of our house is not carpeted. I use it at least once, but often twice (once for the cat, once for the child) a day. It picks up pet food, cat hair, bugs (!), crumbs, and we’ve even been known to use it to clean up our child after a meal too 🙂 (And it is a thing of beauty on the stairs!!!). The price tag is definitely a little spendy, but it comes with the Dyson lifetime warranty AND Mother’s day is right around the corner 🙂
–Foscam: When MG became mobile and a frequent nap-skipper, I began the search for a video monitor. My goal was to get one before we moved her into her Big Girl room so that I could keep an eye on her when she had “quiet time” in there. I began asking around to all of my mommy groups because I wanted one that had a few unique features. Within a matter a time, we landed on the perfect one to fit our needs:
The Foscam has served us very well. It has an extremely low price tag ($80) especially when you compare it to video monitors designed for babies (average around $250). You purchase an app ($5) and then you can view the picture on your mobile device (iPad, smart phone, etc). The camera has night vision, pans/tilts/zooms on command, and has 2-way talk so you can
scold talk to your child from the next room if need be. Besides the price tag I especially love that it is in a completely closed circuit (you must have the network name/password to access it), it works on your wifi (nice range), you can view it away from home, two people can access the app at once, and it has an amazingly clear picture:
The only negative about it is that it took about 30 minutes for us to completely activate it (i.e. a little computer knowledge helps) and we’ve had a few minor technology snafus that we’ve been able to remedy very quickly (once again, being a little Internet savvy helps). None of these have ever made us regret our decision in the least.
–N’s woodworking: Since a little before Christmas, N has had a new hobby—woodworking. He has made multiple things for our house and I have been keeping him busy with honey-do’s. Here are some of his recent and beautiful creations:
a (collapsible and moving) sewing table:
a coffee table with built in storage:
a nightstand for the nursery:
Not to mention: MG’s kitchen and stools
He also created a bunch of first initials for Mayby’s name in the nursery…but I can’t reveal those to you just yet.
I would have to say that these favorites have significantly improved my quality of life this year and that is why they made the list.
(Caveat: I’ve in no way been endorsed to share these with you, nor am I affiliated with Amazon.com…just a huge fan!)