Friday Favorites is a new series where I will be sharing my favorite and most used products. First up, I am sharing everything I love to use at home. I spend a lot of time at home and these products make my day-to-day life so much easier!
We use Amazon weekly (sometimes daily) for everything from pantry items, special gifts for JR and random “Deal of the Day” finds that are too good to pass up. Receiving the Echo Dot for Christmas this year has brought my love for Amazon Prime to a whole new level.
Alexa, order paper towels. Alexa, play JR’s playlist. Alexa, how many tablespoons in a cup?
Setting up our Echo Dot was so easy. I turned it on, plugged it in and connected to our home wifi. THAT’S IT! I started talking to Alexa and haven’t stopped since. Highly recommend – especially if you are already an Amazon Prime freak like I am.
Sparkling water is the drink of choice in our house and we would go through a ton of water bottles each week. I had seen commercials for the SodaStream and thought, “Hmmm, I wonder if I would like that”. Well, after getting this as a Christmas gift, let me say that it is a great addition to our kitchen.
We have such limited counter space, I can be a bit particular about extra appliances. The unit is quite sleek and doesn’t take up much space at all. It is extremely easy to use – You just screw on the CO2 canister, fill up the reusable water bottle and choose the carbonation level. In less than 60 seconds you will have a fresh bottle of sparkling water. We have extra water bottles so that we can keep a few in the fridge (Johnny doesn’t like ice in his water – random, I know) plus, you can add flavors as well. The lemonade was very sweet but, yummy for special occasions.
Aromatherapy is so soothing and using a diffuser for home fragrance has been amazing. Previously, I would burn so many candles, that would put off very faint scents and cost a fortune over time. I just a few drops of essential oil to my diffuser and it will create such a pleasant environment.
During the holidays I was living on the pine tree essential oil. Now that Christmas is over, I have been using a eucalyptus and lavender combination.
I know that TV time is kind of taboo in mommy circles but, I have to admit that I let JR watch Elmo (and Thomas the Train and Curious George). Our new Samsung Smart TV makes it so easy to stream Sesame Street at any time of the day. You are able to connect your Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and HBO Go accounts directly onto the home screen of the TV. This way you don’t need to have an external streaming device, such as a gaming system or Roku.
The 4K color and definition is so amazing. We had movie night a few weeks ago and watched Smurfs: The Lost Village and it was so much fun. The picture quality was so bright and dazzling, JR was having a blast. Having all of our apps easily accessible makes movie nights so much more convenient and fun for everyone!
What are your favorite products you use at home? Is there anything that you cannot live without? Share your favorites in the comments below!