Saturday, January 14, 2012

10 Things I Can't Live Without

Now that I've gotten your attention, I'll add a disclaimer.  Yes, I could live without the below things, but I would rather not.  As a mom of many, these things are basically invaluable to me in the stage of life I'm in.  Notice, there are no people on this list.  These are things, but I will say that I really couldn't live without my husband, children, mother, friends and extended family.  Well, here are the things I'm currently "in love" with:

1. My crock pot: my life is in super speed lately, and this wonderful little device saves me so much time and stress. It's so nice to put some simple ingredients into it mid-morning or even right after lunch and not have to think about dinner again until around 5:30p and dinner is just about all done. Not to mention smell something cooking all afternoon.  I love that! I'm going to do a crock pot post soon on my favorite easy recipes for slow cookers.

2. Comfortable shoes: As I get older, cheap shoes are a thing of the past.  My feet are still in pretty good shape after going through so many pregnancies and still exercising, but they do hurt easily. I have to wear high quality shoes now with arch support.  I love my New Balance sneakers, my Danskos and my Merrills especially for comfort.

3. Tinted moisturizer:  This invention is wonderful.  It saves time and I love it. It's like two steps in one, a light foundation and a nice moisturizer with SPF.  I will never go back!

4. Coffee....lots of it with cream: this is probably my worst vice at the moment. But coffee is full of antioxidants, right? I love freshly ground beans, especially Peet's brand. We make a pot in the morning and I drink about 2 cups (it's half decaf) and then I have another cup in the afternoon. It's supposed to up your metabolism too!

5. Dark chocolate: I've loved dark chocolate even before it was found to be healthy.  I have a little piece in the afternoon or I make a dessert with my favorite dark chocolate chips, Ghirardelli. We have the extra large bag of these that you get at Sam's or BJ's.

6. My smart phone: I know, this sounds so 21st century, but this little baby is my phone, email device, alarm clock, camera, music, GPS and my laptop. We currently only have one computer in our house, so having this really helps.

7. CD player: This sounds so 90's, but it is a wonderful educational/entertainment device for the kids.  They love to listen to history CD's that I have and Christian story tapes.  It keeps them entertained for hours!  I also am using it more this year for school since we are doing Classical Conversations for our homeschool.

8. Front load washer: My washer goes strong.  I've had it for over 5 years now and it practically goes non-stop. What would we do if we had to wash our clothes by hand?!

9. Baby wipes: I think even when all my children are no longer in diapers, I will still have a stash of these in the house.  I use them all the time...on kids' faces, on clothes, on the carpet, hands,etc.  I have a box in the laundry room, my room, babies' room, and diaper bag.

10. The Bible:  I saved the best and most obvious for last.  Having time each day to read God's Word is so important.  It helps me start my day and end my day. I've been reading the Bible for over 30 years now and it is still fresh, still alive and new to me.  I would be lost without it!


  1. Me too. Most all of those but the coffee and the smart phone. I have an I trac. Lol!

  2. Just found your inspiring blog and have been catching up! I'm also a "retired RN" but we only have four little ones. I agree with all of these, except the dark dark chocolate but much prefer my chocolate with butter, eggs,sugar and some pecans in BROWNIE form! ;) Hence, the need to run up the hill today as much as I could muster while sledding w/ the kids! Thanks for sharing your tips on raising 10 as God leads you...

  3. Great list! I look forward to your crockpot recipes post! :)

  4. Three cheers for crockpots. I love filling mine on Sunday morning and filling the bread machine, too. Everyone's famished after church, and we come home to hot bread and lunch all ready. Yum.

  5. Crock pots - same here. Lifesavers...great aroma and easy!

    Good shoes! Totally agree. I love my Danskos :-)

    What a fun list. Thanks for sharing~ Cinnamon

  6. I love my crock pot too! I have a great cookbook from Gooseberry Patch that I use all the time. Can't wait to read all about your favorite recipes. On a side note, I remember you writing about your second son's struggles with school quite a while ago. I, too, have a son that stuggles with school and I seem to be at a loss on how to help him. I have eight children, and he is my second born. My son is now in school in the 9th grade. He is working sooooo hard but I can see that discouragement is setting in. Do you have any advice or suggestions? My heart breaks for my son and I want to help him. My email address is

    With thankfulness, Michelle

  7. I found your blog through sweet Kathy @ FullHouseMama. That's a great list you made there. I can say that my four children are 14 and up in age and I STILL buy baby wipes. They are handy dandy! Comfortable shoes are a must, especially at my age :) I never learned how to really cook with a crock pot. Probably my loss but after 30 yrs of marriage I will pass on the experience, although my married daughter loves hers and says she couldn't live without it.

    Happy to have found your blog!

  8. what an amazing list!!! love it! Makes me think about the top ten things on my list.


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