Let’s tell it like it is: motherhood is the most demanding job 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 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.
4. LipSense by SeneGence:
Did you know that I am a LipSense Distributor (read more about why and how you can become one too in this post)? I originally became a LipSense Distributor for the discount after getting absolutely hooked on this waterproof, smudge proof, KISS proof, hydrating lip color that literally stays put ALL DAY LONG. It’s the one Mama Makeup essential you really need to have; literally apply once in the morning and you look put together all day long – through everything mom life throws your way + all the baby kisses you want – without having to reapply!
I would love for you to come hang out with me in my Facebook Group: Taylor-made Beauty. You can also check out all the beautiful colors and glosses I have available and place orders by clicking through to the Taylor-made Beauty page.
5. Instacart – Grocery Shopping + Delivery Service:
Instacart – This just might be THE most useful app for new and/or pregnancy moms, especially in those first postpartum weeks. You know, when all+ of your energy is taken up trying to take care and sustain a little life, and the last thing you can think about doing is getting out of the house to go grocery shopping? If Instacart is available in your area you can order groceries from your local store via Instacart, then one of their shoppers will pick them up for and deliver them to you at the time you specify. Say whaaaat?! This was a lifesaver for me as a new mom, particularly when I went back to work and didn’t want to spend any of my non-working time doing anything except being with T! My referral code is ALATIMER14 – you’ll get $10 off your first order and I’ll get $10 too! You can then share your own referral code with friends and get $10 in InstaCart credit.
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: