Monday, November 5, 2012

Let's Make It Easy

Sometimes, life is sort of difficult.  Sometimes it's just plain hard.  Sometimes it's confusing.  I know personally, I'm constantly trying to figure out if I'm the kind of person who has a clean fridge face, or the kind who covers it with photos.  Right now, the photos are winner.  Other things are more pressing, like storage problems that are actually stuff problems, and deciding whether to be hospitable if it means cleaning my house, and what to do when cold weather hits.  Maybe you have these problems.  Maybe you don't.  In case you do, let me make things easier for you with a few helpful things I've found.

1. Terry-lined Wool Socks.  These things make my life.  It's amazing how much warmer your body feels when your feet are warm!  And trust me, these things will give you warm feet.  Make sure you get the kind that are lined, though (like the ones in the link), because that's like the difference between Swiss Miss and Real Hot Chocolate.  Both will warm you up, but you'll be so much happier with the later!

2.  Dropbox.  This is my storage/have the right papers when I need them solution.  Now, I'm not a technical person, so bear with my ridiculously over-simplified explanation here, but this is what Dropbox is - a magical folder, out in space.  You can access it from anywhere with internet, and you save stuff in it.  Photos?  Automatically uploads and saves them, if you want it to (super fast, too).  Documents you need both at work and at home?  Not a problem.  Video you want to share with your brother but not the world (youtube)?  Upload it to Dropbox, share it with the brosef, and boom!  You're both laughing at the dramatic lemur, 2000+ miles apart.

You can even use it on your smart phone.  Oh, and it's free.  Which is awesome.  You can pay for a ton of extra space, but you don't have to.  So check it out.  I just got my Madre hooked up, and now we can share pictures of the kiddos in our family, so we don't have to steal low-quality ones off of facebook anymore.

3.  Mint.  I'm pretty sure I've talked about this before, but is the bomb-diggaty for keeping track of where your monies go.  It's totally secure (httpS, that's right!) and super helpful.  Not only can you set up budgets, track your spending, and be reminded of bills, but it also helps you set goals (like "Pay off Car" and whatnot).  It can track your debit card, credit card, loans, and even, with a bit more work from you, cash spending!  I also just realized that if you deposit some $$ for a specific reason, like "Baby Supplies", you can credit it to that specific budget in order to know how much you've actually set aside.  Crazy, right?  Oh, and also free.  WOOT!

4. Magic Eraser.  I. Love. This. Product.  I do.  If I weren't already married, me & Mr. Clean might be eloping.  It's fantastic.  I used this years ago to keep my white rain boots nice and shiny [Note: I cannot even explain why I thought it prudent to purchase white rain boots.  Please don't judge 21-year-old me too harshly...].  Then I forgot about it.  Then I moved into this here hacienda, and started having trouble keeping my tub spic and span.  I tried Comet, I tried tile cleaner (even though I don't have tiles), I tried that weird thing that is on pinterest that everyone says works great (it didn't).  And then I remembered these guys.  Works like a charm.  I wanted to take an in-process shot, to show you how well, but I get carried away each time and all that's left is an after shot.  Sorry.

There.  That's what I wanted to share with you.  I also wanted to tell you about how I washed my pillows this weekend and the best way to do that, but I messed them up and they're all lumpy.  So perhaps after a few days, I'll be able to tell you all about the best way to fall asleep on a lumpy pillow...  ;)

Got any good links to share with me?

<3 M.


  1. "that's like the difference between Swiss Miss and Real Hot Chocolate"

    I've never heard a more true statement. For reals. I'm kind of a hot chocolate snob but I'm so much happier afterwards!

    1. I haven't had any of the real stuff since that week where I drank it twice daily... and promptly gained 4 lbs (I blame baby). But I had some this afternoon, and it was SO good!

  2. exactly the sort of thing that's been on my mind... so many of these things keep me spinning in circles trying to figure out how to get everything done. i'm organizing closets today.. maybe the dropbox will soon help with the files and photos that feel so overwhelming!

    1. It's been a lifesaver for me, when I leave my laptop at home but need a file at work or something. And the pictures - SO fast and easy! My phone & camera photos upload super fast! Hope it helps!

  3. I am so with you on the magic eraser. By far my most favorite household item. It's proved its worth time and time again after the little child of my youth has displayed his artwork on my wall for all to see.

    1. You know, his heart is evil above all things and desperately wicked... I don't think "little devil" is that far off... ha ha ha! I told my sister that about her firstborn, and she didn't take it too well. Don't be mad ;)


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