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Life can be rough. There’s no two ways about it. Even when everything is going our way, we have to deal with everyday stressors that can take the shine off our achievements. Most of the time we take these little inconveniences as a part of life, but they don’t have to be! Life should be easier! And there’s plenty of products to make life easier, but you just might not even know they exist!
Before I got married and had kids, I was an engineer and because of that I look at life differently to most people! Engineers are… well… different! We view the world in very black and white terms. There is always a solution to every problem if you just look hard enough. And… we are all about efficiency! I think I’ve spent my whole life trying to find ways to do things, quicker, cheaper and with less effort! At work, I’ve even figured out shortcuts to tasks that I do every day so I can save one or 2 mouse clicks! Yes, I figure out ways to SAVE MOUSE CLICKS!
I’m all about saving money too. If a product will save me money in the long run, then I feel it is worth the investment. Anyway, I can always save up for it by doing my No-Spend Challenge!
I can’t stand wasted time, energy or money. Maybe that’s way I love writing this blog so much, because it means I can help others streamline their lives. So this post is all about products to make your life easier – less wasted time, energy or money!
Awesome Products to Make Life Easier
Cup Holder – For your bike, stroller… even YOUR UMBRELLA!
OK, so a cup holder isn’t exactly revolutionary. But it’s HOW you use the cup holder that will make your life easier.
Putting a cup holder on your bike makes perfect sense. You can put your water bottle in it so you can re-hydrate during your ride. But what about on your stroller? Perfect place to stow your little one’s sippy cup so they don’t drop it on the dirty floor for the 20th time in 5 minutes!
I love the idea of using an attachable cup holder on my umbrella! I grew up in England where it rains… a lot! Waiting at the bus stop in the pouring rain? Rather than trying to juggle your bag, umbrella and Starbucks, why not have a cup holder to hold your coffee and free up a hand to hail a taxi instead of waiting for the bus!
Vertical Mouse – Give your wrist a break!
An unfortunate part of modern life is that we all spend a LOT of time on our computers. The ergonomics of a good chair and desk set up is well know. But what about your poor wrist? Carpal Tunnel is getting more common as we spend more time on our computers.
I spend about 6-8 hours a day at my computer and as a result I often get pain aches and pains. I’ve fixed my neck problems by elevating my screen, so I’m not peering down at my computer. My low back is getting better after adding some lower back support to my chair. But my hand and wrist were still sore most days. I tried a wrist rest on my mouse pad and that helped a little. However, it didn’t solve the problem. Then I found out about vertical mouses (mice? What’s the plural of computer mouse?!).
Rather than your wrist being twisted to accommodate your mouse, why shouldn’t your mouse twist to accommodate your wrist? A vertical mouse puts your wrist in more of a handshake position and takes the pressure off your wrist.
Now the original vertical mouse is the wonderful Evoluent mouse. But at over $80 it’s just not budget friendly enough (although that’s cheaper than 1 or 2 physio therapy sessions to deal with your carpal tunnel!). However I great low cost alternative is the Anker Vertical Mouse. This is the one I use and I love it!
Rotating Power Strip – A power strip that actually lets you plug in more than 2 transformers!
You know the problem. You’re setting up your entertainment center and you’ve got 6 different things you need to plug in. No problem, you’ve got an old spare power strip in the garage. But once you start plugging everything in, you realize that there just isn’t enough space for all 6 plugs – because 4 of them have those big, bulky transformer blocks on the plug. Agh! You’re going to need a second power strip.
Why hasn’t someone invented something to solve this problem… wait they have! A ROTATING power strip! Genius! By alternating the direction the plug faces, you can finally plug everything into the same power strip. Oh and it’s a surge protector too – bonus!
For me this is a total lifesaver. I may or may not be a little, tiny, weeny bit of a control freak when it comes to my cables and cable management! OK… I’m a LOT of a control freak! I don’t want any of the cables to be visible, so I spend an extraordinarily length of time making sure the cables behind my entertainment center are neat and tidy. This is NOT possible with multiple power strips! No matter how hard I tried, it would just end up looking like a bird’s nest of wires. Thankfully this rotating power strip solves that problem! Now everything is plugged into one place that can easily be concealed behind the furniture.
Phew… peace is restored! Now you can see why I included it in my list of products to make life easier!
Pizza Scissors – Yep, you heard that right! Pizza Scissors!
I love pizza. OK, that’s an understatement. I ADORE pizza, I would marry it if I could (that’s got to be legal somewhere surely? Vegas?). My favorite dinner out is to the tiny pizzeria that’s hidden behind the big box stores. A real Mom-and-Pop place, where Pop will talk your ear off while Mom is doing all the cooking. And it doesn’t matter what topping you ask for – they have it! Arugula and prosciutto anyone?
I often make pizza at home. And I’m pretty good at getting the crust nice and thin. But once I cut it, it all seems to fall apart. Enter… the Pizza Scissors!
Yep, these wonderful and, yet so simple, scissors, make life so much easier. You can cut nice even slices of pizza and the built in spatula makes serving your creation a snap! Also the spatula is removable, so you then have a really useful pair of long-blade scissors!
Amazon Echo – Smart house = easier life!
So this probably isn’t a new product to you. The Amazon Echo has been around for a few years now. But it really is awesome!
Life is busy. In the mornings we are rushing around trying to make sure everyone is dressed, fed and ready for the day. But wait… what’s the weather going to be like today? No problem, just say “Alexa, what’s the weather today?” and you will instantly know if you need to take an umbrella or sunglasses!
Of course, there’s a lot more to Alexa and the Echo than giving you a weather forecast. You can use it to turn your house lights on or off, select what music you want to pay, order an Uber, order PIZZA, check the traffic, check your bank balance and way, way more!
And the best bit? Amazon are coming out with new functions all the time!
Pro Amazon Tip: Can’t see yourself paying the full price for the Echo when you know Amazon often does awesome deals on it? Add it to your shopping cart and then you will be notified when the price is reduced!
Wi-Fi Range Extender – No more Wi-Fi dead spots!
We all pretty much rely on Wi-Fi for all our internet needs these days. Does anyone since use a cable to plug into their modem? Well, OK, some people might, but most of us want the convenience of having our computer/tablet/phone wherever we want it.
But that convenience can also lead to the problem of Wi-Fi dead zones! In my house it’s my bedroom. For some reason the Wi-Fi signal in my bedroom is terrible! I’ve no idea why and it’s very frustrating, because sometimes all I want to do is binge watch “Orange is the New Black” in bed!
I found a solution! This easy to use, simple Wi-Fi Range extender. By plugging this little baby in the hallway outside my bedroom, I now have amazing signal and can binge watch as much TV as I like in the comfort of my own bed!
It’s also great for extending your signal into the backyard, so you can easily pick up Pandora while you’re outside grilling in the summer (or shoveling snow in the winter)!
Food Bag Re-sealer – Keep your food fresh and save money! Win-win!
We’ve all been there. You want a quick snack and you spot the big bag of chips in the pantry that you bought last week. But wait… someone has already opened them and not closed the bag properly! No!!! Stale chips… Yuck!
But there is a solution (of course there is!). This food bag re-sealer uses heat to re-seal the bag so the contents stay fresh. Works on all types of plastic food bags – chips, cereal, lettuces and more.
Never waste money again having to throw away a half eaten bag of cereal because it’s gone stale. It also means you can buy the larger, value sized bags of some foods without worrying about it going to waste.
It’s also a useful tool for lamenting the edges of documents!