Let’s face it, motherhood is the most demanding job on there is; Little conveniences and pleasures can go a long way to making #momlife easier and sweeter – especially if you are a new mom or first-time mom!
The following is a list of services, products and must-have tips that help keep me organized and make my life as a busy, first-time mom easier. I plan to add to and update it regularly as time goes on and I discover new things to share with you to hopefully make yours a little easier too.
This page contains some affiliate links. As always, all services and products ones I truly believe in. If you purchase through a link, thank you!
Not surprisingly, Amazon Prime is first on my list. That’s because it’s an absolute mom must-have! I do about 90% of my shopping through Amazon.com if you hadn’t picked up on that from this blog. Not only is FREE 2-day shipping nice, but you can also stream tons of kiddo shows from Amazon video (i.e. Sesame Street, Daniel Tiger, etc.), which comes with the yearly Prime membership. I think Amazon Prime is definitely worth the investment – $99 per year or $10.99 per month. The first 30 days of the annual subscription are free, and you can cancel anytime! Get your FREE 30 Day Trial membership here:
2. Packed To Perfection – A series by Taylor-made Mama (me!):
The intention of this series of posts is to help reduce the mental load of motherhood through organization and checklists. You’ll find tips and tricks for packing essential kits and bags for every occasion (diaper bag, pumping bag, daycare bag, carry-on bag, suitcases, etc.) for babies, toddlers and their mamas to make mommin’ just a little easier and more organized. Two of the most popular posts in the series are about what to pack in a pumping bag, and what to pack in a carry on bag to entertain a toddler on an airplane! Make sure to download the free printables within these posts to laminate and keep in your bags and/or kits – take the stress off of having to make a packing list (mental or otherwise) again and Get out the door with a little less stress.
I love that you can customize such a wide variety of templates to your own tastes, and create an account so that all of your addresses can be saved for future cards/mailings. Minted always delivers a quality, stylish and professional end product; I personally won’t use another company for this purpose. I have used Minted to create canvas wall art of family pictures and purchase stunning art pieces to hang in our home. I have literally used Minted.com for essentially every holiday or announcement card I’ve sent over the last 6 years, including our wedding invitations and Taylor’s birth announcement:
I came across this children’s company through a Google search along the lines of, “Where can I find quality, solid colored onesies, and leggings for my baby?” Primary met that criteria, and then some. These are my absolute go-to wardrobe staples for Taylor; I’ve bought at least 5 items from Primary for every stage of her life so far (i.e. hoodies, onesies, romper dresses, etc.). I even used a long sleeved Tangerine “baby suit” and a pair of black leggings from Primary for her Halloween costume this year. Their clothing is already very reasonably priced, especially for the quality, but they’re also offering 20% off for your first order (and FREE shipping always!): click this link to access the discount and pick up some baby + child wardrobe basics.
My husband and I use the Door Dash service/app at least 2 times per week, and WAY more than that during the first few months after Taylor was born – I was just trying to survive in those first few weeks with a newborn, and the last thing I wanted to do was to cook! Door Dash is a service that most definitely makes my life easier, and more delicious! For a small delivery fee, you can have your favorite local restaurant’s food delivered right to your door. When you come home at the end of a particularly tough or long workday, the last thing you probably want to do is to cook and clean up a meal. Those are nights you can hop on the Door Dash app, order a local favorite, then get on to playing with your babe/s for the few precious hours you have together before they go to sleep. I’m so glad I found out about this service. Check to see is Door Dash is currently serving your area and sign up by clicking here – you can thank me later : )
This is an AMAZING resource for busy, yet style-conscious moms (or moms-to-be!). Now that time to shop for myself is much more limited, I rely on Stitch Fix to keep me updated. I love that a stylist picks out items for me based on an elaborate Style Profile I fill out, sends the “fix” (a box of 5 pieces of clothing and accessories), and I only pay for what I choose to keep. I used Stitch Fix religiously for more than a year before I was pregnant with Taylor, and still wear many of those pieces. I even used this service for a few months during pregnancy (yep, they have Maternity “fixes”!). If you are a busy mom to be or could use a convenient, personal shopping service to up your #momstyle, you might want to give Stitch Fix a try: