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4 things that are making my life better

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1. Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Cups

Back in December I bought the gift certificate bundle from the Ultimate Bundles people, and I used one of the certificates to buy two of these Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups.

I hesitated a bit before buying them because I read that some people had rust issues with them in the dishwasher because of the rolled lip.

But I’m happy to say I have had no such issue, which is what I would expect from stainless steel!

Anyway.

These are lightweight, they nest (which means they take up very little cabinet space), and unlike glass, they aren’t breakable, which means that they should last for ages, even in a house full of kids.

So, if you’re looking for a kid-friendly, plastic free drinking vessel, I think you should get some.

I have the 10-oz. variety ($7.25 apiece)

They also come in a 4-pack for $27.75, which saves you $1.75 vs. buying four separately.

And they’re available in 16 and 20 ounce sizes as well…you can view all the options in the drop-down menu on this page.

Since my kitchen is a bit low on cabinet space, I’m considering buying a few more of these instead of replacing the glasses we’ve broken.

2. The TubShroom

I bought one of these on a whim after seeing an ad on Amazon, and I have to say, it’s pretty fabulous.

I have zero regrets about my impulse buy. 😉

It’s $12.99, it fits into the drain perfectly, it’s inconspicuous, it stays put (so no one has to actually remember to use it), and the tub drains just as well as it did before.

The only thing is, no hair is going down the drain!

This is in the bathroom that all of my girls use, so there’s a powerful amount of hair that’s being kept out of the pipes.

(We have had some impressively disgusting hair clogs in the past, let me tell you!)

Compared to the price and headache of dealing with a clogged pipe, $12.99 is a total bargain.

It comes in five different colors too, so if you don’t want boring white, there are options for you. 😉

3. The Kindle App

I have not ever really managed to get onto the e-reader train.   I never remember to get the Kindle out, and for some reason, I just completely forget that I even have e-books because I can’t physically see them.

Library books sit on my nightstand, so I never forget about those. 😉

But.

I realized recently I was spending wasting way too much time on the Instagram explore page (ooh! So many pictures!   Scroll, scroll, scroll…)

So, I installed the Kindle app and now when I’m at loose ends, I read a few pages of a book instead.   In just a week’s time, I got an entire book read this way.

Which is arguably a better use of my time than looking at before and after photos on Instagram. 😉

4. Flip and Tumble bags

I got a couple of these in my Mighty Fix some months ago, and my goodness, they are now my very, very favorite reusable bag.

The thing that makes them so great is that they are crazy easy to fold up. I’ve had some others that require zipping or snapping, but these just fold up neatly into a stretch pouch that’s part of the bag.

SOOO convenient. And they come in a whole bunch of very fun colors.

I fold them up right away when I’m done and throw them into my purse, which means I always have two bags with me.   This is so great when I’m running errands where I might not always remember to bring my stash of bags (like when I’m shopping at a clothing or craft store. Or visiting the library).

They’re $13 on Amazon with free shipping, OR if you’re a Mighty Fix member, you can add them on to your fix with free shipping for $11.99.

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kristin @ going country

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

I bought some stainless steel cups for my kids last year and use them all the time. I intensely dislike anything plastic, but also do not enjoy cleaning up ceramic shards, so stainless steel it is. Best.

We bought a 2005 Honda Pilot a couple of weeks ago and it has made my life much better. We only had one car for a few months, a Subaru Outback, which is a great car, but it's a 2003 and getting pretty rattly and loud after about 8 years of hard use by my husband. The back of the Subaru was so cramped it was really hard to reach the seat belt buckles for the three kids and getting them in and out was extremely frustrating. And although we can certainly handle only having one car, it does make for some inconvenience.

The real reason we got another vehicle is that our fourth child is coming in October and we didn't have a vehicle in which we could transport our entire family. Makes it kind of hard to bring the baby home from the hospital. :-) Even though we mostly got the Honda because it happened to be for sale in the tiny village near us and seats 8, it just feels much better to drive than the Subaru. It rides better and is much less cramped. Plus, it's not already rusting away, like our previous minivan was when we bought it. Bonus.

Suzan

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

We are making ready for a first child/grandchild/great grandchild so much stuff has come into our tiny home. Oh my this baby is so loved already but there is no room. Since she is the first we will be keeping items such as bed/bedding so I need to find a home.

We are having solar power issues and not for the first time. I have gone as far as I can with trying to fix the inverter.

Meanwhile my reducing campaign continues.

Jen S.

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

1. As I was putting my wet clothes in my new dryer this morning I realized how much easier my life is with this dryer! My old one stopped working in June and we did without for about 2 months. This one dries so much faster, and I learned I could hang more clothes than I thought so hopefully will save on our gas bill in the future. 2. We love our Tubshroom. My husband was skeptical, but it has been great. 3. Grandparents who contribute to the expenses of school supplies for 4 children has made our life much easier. So thankful! 4. Fixed dishwasher... yes, having some challenges with appliances. This one we did without for about 9 months... once again learning how thankful I am for our modern appliances.

WilliamB

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Running hot water. There ain't nothing like it.

Kristen

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

I feel like there must be a story here...

Mrs. Adventure Rich

Tuesday 15th of August 2017

Oooh, the Klean Kanteen cups and TubShroom look awesome! I may need to look into these...

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