Tuesday Talk: Things I Can't Live Without: Volume 2!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hi!! Happy Tuesday!
Hope your week is off to a great start!

About a month ago, I shared about 4 things "I Can't Live Without." They were totally random items and it was very melodramatic of me to say I can't "live without them." HA!
But I had such a fun time writing that post- and lately I have come across more things I really love and use on a daily basis- so I came up with Volume 2 of "Things I Can't Live Without."

//1// Aquaphor: My lips are ALWAYS chapped. And I have really bad eczema. And I have a baby (and soon will have TWO!) who wears diapers. I use my Aquaphor at least 5 times per day. I keep a smaller tube in my purse- it is my go-to for my always dry lips, if the kids get a scrape- I will put some on before I put a bandaid on and like I mentioned- it is great to treat sensitive baby skin that might get irritated by a diaper. During the winter, I use it on my face on areas that get extra dry and irritated. It is SO NOT a glamorous beauty product- but man- do I LOVE it (and use it all the time)!!!

//2// My 32 ounce Nalgene water bottle: I am not a huge fan of water. I KNOW. So not healthy. I would rather drink Diet Sprite/lemonade spritzers all day long. HA! Buuuttt...since that is not the healthiest way for me to hydrate- my 32 ounce Nalgene water bottle has really helped me drink the water I need to throughout the day. Just like my big tub of Aquaphor- my Nalgene isn't the most glamorous or cute water bottle out there (these Swell bottles seem to be all the rage lately!)- but I love that it has a lid that closes super tight, it fits in my cup holder in my van and that it holds 32 ounces of water. Also- it is pretty much indestructible. I just got a new one after having my first (and only) Nalgene water bottle for 12 years! My goal is to fill up my Nalgene 3 times a day- which equals 96 ounces of water a day. If you are a non-fan of water like me- that amount of water seems like A LOT- but for some reason- when I "portion" it out- it seems easier and I never really have a problem getting in my daily quota of water!

//3// The Wet Brush: I have a HUGE amount of hair. Currently it is quite long and it is extremely thick and wavy. I also have 3 little girls- two of which who have quite long hair. Since I am a grown up :) I have always just put up with battling through my ridiculous mane of hair- but my girls are a different story :) Let's just say after showers and in the morning before school have not always been pleasant :) Enter the WET BRUSH. A friend of mine who is a hair stylist told me about this brush about 2 years ago and I am SO THANKFUL she did! It has been a game changer when it comes to brushing hair in our house. I have one that I keep in my bathroom and this past Christmas, the girls each got a mini Wet brush. I have no idea why it works the way it does- but it is SO easy to brush through tangled, knotty hair- whether it is wet or dry! We use our wet brushes, everyday, in the morning and at night time- and absolutely LOVE them!

//4// The Shark Hand Vac: I love my kids SO, SO much. Seriously. They are the best. But- man- they are SO MESSY. Like it is incredible to me how big of a mess 4 little people can make- just by having a quick, afternoon snack! HA! Enter my best friend, the Shark Cordless Hand-Held Vacuum. I have had this vacuum for about 6 years now and it gets used at least 3-4 times a day, EVERY DAY. It is perfect for cleaning up the messes James can make in a matter of 2.2 seconds, it is amazing for getting in all the crevices in my kitchen that when I sweep I can't get to and seriously- every time I use it- I think- "I LOVE this thing!" I also love to use it for quick clean-ups in my van. It is not as powerful as a shop-vac- but it definitely does an awesome job of sucking up all the animal crackers and pretzels James leaves behind in his car seat :)

And there you have it- Round 2 of every day items that "I Can't Live Without!"

What are some things YOU can't live without?? I would love to hear about them!

Hope you have the BEST day!!
Linking up with these FABULOUS ladies today:

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  1. I as well cannot live without the wetbrush! It has been a lifesaver with the girls, especially Emma. I'm not sure what it is that makes it so good, but it's just that...amazing!
    I really need to get a hand held vacuum. It's such a pain lugging the big vacuum out every time one of the girls spills something on the floor. I'm glad to see you recommend the shark!
    I cannot live without Clorox wipes! I buy them in bulk at SAMS, and I am always using them =)
    Have a great Tuesday, Justine!

    1. I LOVE Clorox wipes!! I didn't think to look for them at Sam's but I am going to the next time I am there! they are perfect for quick counter clean-ups or if you need to wipe down the bathroom sink in between cleanings! And yes- you should definitely look into the shark hand vac- we LOVE our's and it is a fraction of the price of some of the other brands!

  2. New reader here.... Love your blog and the "Cannot Live Without" series. Please keep it going!

    1. Hey Steph! Thanks so much for your kind words! I have a lot of fun talking about "things I can't live without!" HA!

  3. This weather is perfect for Aquaphor!! That stuff is a life saver for dry skin!

  4. Oh how I love the wet brush!! I have a HUGE amount of hair as well and curly to boot! Well so does my 8 year old daughter!! The wet brush has been our life saver!!

    1. Seriously- whoever thought of the Wet Brush is a genius!! :)

  5. Yes, Yes, Yes for Aquaphor! And I love the wet brush for Ashlyn's hair - eliminates a lot of tears!!!

  6. That shark vac looks AMAZING and could be perfect for so many situations- the car, after snack time, spills in the living room.... good to know there is a great little vacuum out there! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Tina- I LOVE our shark hand vac! And it is so reasonably priced! I highly recommend it!!

  7. Great list! I love that lotion and keep it in my car so I can put on lotion while I wait :) I never thought about using it on kids - smart thinking! I also love having a good water bottle. I love to drink out of a straw so mine has a built in straw, but I try to do the same thing - fill it 3-4 times a day.


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